Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose a Mentor? First, complete your profile by answering all the questions with thoughtful consideration of what you want to achieve or accomplish. This questionnaire will generate a list of mentors for you. Their skills and professional experiences ought to match your interests. You may then create a mentoring request for the mentor(s) you are interested in meeting.
- How long will the mentors be available? We ask our mentors to make a full academic year commitment and we ask the same of you. This help both mentor and mentee develop a strong relationship in which you can both benefit fully. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
- The relationship is not going well or I am concerned about membership, what to do? We encourage letting your mentor know about the situation to try to resolve it. If that does not work, please contact the Program Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
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- TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN SHAPING THE RELATIONSHIP
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Strive for a balanced relationship with your mentor - both personal and professional.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process: Keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior at all times.
- PUT THE TIME WITH YOUR MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Attend meetings with your mentor prepared and with planned conversation topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor no later than two (2) days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning your mentor needs to be discussed, try to first discuss it within the mentoring relationship. If there is a concern that needs to be discussed with others, please contact the W. P. Carey School of Business Mentorship Programs Manager at email@example.com.
- Do not ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Don't blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Do not expect your mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself only to obligations that you CAN keep.
- Don't cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute. This shows very little respect for the time your mentor is devoting to you.
- Mentor-mentee relationships within the W. P. Carey School of Business Mentorship Programs are meant to be professional in nature (i.e. professional development, relationship and network-building, etc.). Meetings between mentors and mentees should never take place at happy hours, bars, social parties, or similar locations.