Are you a Schar School alumni member looking for ways to give back to recent alumni? Or a recent graduate or current Schar School student looking to grow or launch your career? Consider joining the Schar School Alumni Mentoring Program as a mentor or mentee.
The mentor program is designed to bring together alumni, recent graduates and current students in purposeful and rewarding relationships to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the professional world.
Established alumni will be paired with recent graduates or current students to help them build or launch a successful professional career. Aside from the personal advising, the program offers networking events to enable alumni to further connect with the Schar School alumni community. Mentors meet regularly with their mentees either face-to-face, over the phone, or via email, and cover a range of professional development topics from women in the workplace to leadership development, networking skills, and more.
Over the past two years the Schar School Alumni Chapter has continued to revamp and strengthen the mentorship program -- experiencing increased enrollment rates over the target numbers and improved participant satisfaction survey rankings.
A sampling of survey results:
- “I enjoyed direct and consistent communication with my mentor.”
- “I am so glad the Alumni Chapter organized this program as it’s a great way for alumni to engage with one another as well as an example of the enduring resource Mason may be for my career.”
- “This program has been extremely valuable as I begin my career.”
If you’re looking for a meaningful experience serving as either a mentor or mentee, please fill out one or both of these two forms by August 14th:
I am interested in being a mentor.
I am interested in being a mentee.
STEPS TO BECOMING A MENTOR/MENTEE
- Review the rules below to be a participant.
- Complete the mentor and/or mentee survey.
- If you have been paired with someone, the Mentor Program Coordinator will reach out to advise of your new mentor/mentee.
- Attend the Schar Mentor Program Orientation on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at the Schar School.
- Begin your mentoring relationship.
RULES FOR BEING A MENTEE
Open to all Schar alumni within 3 years of graduation or current Schar Graduate students
- Volunteer Commitment: One year, with monthly (suggested frequency) “meetings” with mentor. Non-Local participants can meet virtually.
- Mentees should be prepared when they attend their meetings to be respectful of their mentor’s time. All Mentors are volunteers, please be mindful of their time.
- Prepare for meetings.
- Bring your resumes and other relevant documents.
- Have a topic researched and defined that you would like to discuss.
- Be prompt and on-time.
- If applicable forward your mentor read-ahead materials ahead of the meeting.
- Continuously show progress as how you have applied what you learned.
- Attend Mentoring Orientation, September 11, 2019 and other networking events with your Mentor.
- Provide feedback to the Schar School. If there are any concerns between you and your mentor, please reach out to the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. Also, the Schar School will issue a mid-year survey and/or brief check-in call throughout the year requesting your feedback.
- Program note: the goal of this relationship is not to gain employment through your mentor or their connections. While we understand many participants may be actively seeking employment or other career opportunities during the course of the program, the mentor serves to help provide general professional advice and guidance, not to actively help a mentee secure employment.
RULES FOR BEING A MENTOR
Open to all current Schar Alumni who have 3+ years of experience in the professional field they want to mentor in.
- Volunteer Commitment: One year, with monthly (suggested frequency) “meetings” with mentee. Non-Local participants can meet virtually.
- Provide regular, ongoing professional assistance with resumes, identifying career opportunities, and career counseling.
- Attend Mentoring Orientation, September 11, 2019 and other networking events with your Mentee.
- Provide feedback to The Schar School. If there are any concerns between you and your mentor, please reach out to the Program Coordinator as soon as possible. Also, the Schar School will issue a mid-year survey and/or brief check-in call throughout the year requesting your feedback.
MENTORING PROGRAM TIPS:
- Use the matching form to your advantage
- Please detail the type of mentor/mentee you are looking for. What type of experience do you want them to have? What can you specifically offer?
- Establish goals for the relationship
- Discuss and agree upon the goals of the relationship.
- Establish communication methods and frequency of contact
- Will you meet face to face or communicate mainly through email and telephone?
- How often will you meet? It can be helpful to agree on a schedule and select placeholder dates from the outset.
For additional information or assistance, please contact Zavin R. Smith, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, at Schar School of Policy and Government at firstname.lastname@example.org.