Career Mentoring Program
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who can be a mentor?
Any graduate of WOU can be a mentor. Mentors should be dedicated to providing support and guidance to WOU students to help them throughout their college experience and to prepare them for life after WOU. Mentors should exhibit strong leadership and interpersonal skills that will be utilized in developing and mentoring college students.
What are the benefits of being a mentor?
Mentors often gain personal gratification through assisting current college students with adjustment to college life and career exploration. Mentors help build community with students outside the classroom and ease discussions around academic and/or social challenges. By referring students to campus and community resources, mentors make WOU a welcoming environment and contribute to overall institutional support.
How can I become a mentor?
To get started, create a profile on Wolflink as a mentor for the Career Mentoring Program. Once your profile has been created, an email confirmation with additional program information will be sent to the email account that was used to create your Wolflink profile.
Who can be a mentee?
Any current student of WOU can become a mentee. There is no GPA requirement to participate.
What are the benefits of being a mentee?
Mentees often express that mentors are an invaluable resource. Studies also show that students with mentors: positively adjust to college, are more likely to graduate, have a greater overall satisfaction with their college experience, increase their self-efficacy and perceived confidence in their abilities, and do better on other key measures of college success than students who lack mentoring connections. Mentors can also help mentee(s) build professional connections and explore different career options. Having a mentor as a resource is such a benefit to learning and developing.
How can I become a mentee?
The availability to be a mentee within the Career Mentoring Program is limited. Most of the available mentors have already been matched with a mentee. However, if you are still interested in being a mentee within the Career Mentoring Program, please email slcd@wou,edu and we will help connect you to an available mentor, if possible.
What is the Career Mentoring Program?
The Career Mentoring Program (CMP) is an opportunity for current WOU students to connect with WOU alumni to promote student success through networking and engagement. The goal is to support students to help them reach their full potential in their college experience, in addition to providing students with the opportunity for career exploration and developing professional and personal goals.
What are the program requirement/expectations?
Once mentors and mentees are matched by the Program Coordinator, the student mentee is expected to email their assigned mentor with an initial introduction, including some mentoring goals and expectations. Mentees should view the Email Introduction Template in the Resources tab on the Career Mentoring Program website for more information about what is suggested to be included in that first email to your mentor. There are also additional resources available for both mentors and mentees in regards to suggested discussion topics and mentoring activities.
It is suggested that participants in the Career Mentoring Program check their email accounts frequently and respond to their mentor/mentee emails in a timely manner. It is important to keep regular communication with your mentor/mentee, especially within the first few weeks to establish the mentoring relationship.
Minimally, we ask for all participants to:
- Connect with mentor/mentee at least once a month (means of communication depends on agreement)
- Develop mentorship goals and expectations (resources provided on our website)
- Participate in regular communication/emails with the Program Coordinator
- Complete the monthly Interaction Log (electronic form on our website)
- Frequently check email (the one used to create your Wolflink profile) and respond to emails in a timely manner
- Complete pre & post surveys, which discuss your experiences with the program and career-readiness
- Attend WOU-sponsored events together, if possible
Can faculty request to have their entire class participate in CMP as mentees?
Yes! If faculty are interested in having their students participate in the Career Mentoring Program as part of their course requirements, please email email@example.com. We can help to individualize your experience with CMP.
What is the matching process like?
The students will be randomly matched with a mentor for the Spring 2017 term.
For mentees participating in CMP through a partnering course:
The matching process for the Spring 2017 term will be individually tailored to fit the needs of the Faculty’s course requirements. The matching process may be different depending on the course focus/needs. Emails will be sent to participants to confirm mentoring partnerships once matching is complete.
For those interested in participating in CMP, as an individual participant and not as part of a class/course component:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in the program. Again, there is limited availability to be a mentee. However, we will help connect you to an available mentor, if possible.
How is the mentoring relationship established?
Once matching is complete, the Program Coordinator will notify the participants of the mentoring matchings via email. The student mentee is expected to contact their designated mentor to begin the mentoring experience. Typically, the initial introduction is conducted via email. This seems to be the easiest way to make a connection and communicate goals and expectations.
Mentees should view the Email Introduction Template in the Resources tab on the Career Mentoring Program website for more information about what is suggested to be included in that first email to your mentor. There are also additional resources available for both mentors and mentees in regards to suggested discussion topics and mentoring activities.
It is also important to be patient and understanding as the mentorship relationship is developed. After mentee emails their assigned mentor, there may be a few days or even a week before the mentor replies. It is recommended that the mentor reply to their mentee’s initial introduction email in a timely manner. If one week passes without any reply, the mentor/mentee is recommended to attempt another email/contact. If there is again no response, then please email email@example.com with your concerns and a description of the situation.
What are some examples of potential mentoring activities?
- Informational interviews
- Job shadowing
- Mock interviews
- 1-on-1 meetings or group mentoring
- Resume reviews
- Major exploration discussion
- College course selection discussion
- Sharing articles/books
- Attending conferences/workshops together
- Attending WOU-sponsored events together
How long does the mentoring partnership continue?
As an expectation of being a part of the Career Mentoring Program, all participants agree to complete at least one full academic term with their assigned mentor/mentee. However, the mentoring partnership can continue for as long as you and your mentor/mentee agree upon. If the mentoring partnership would like to continue for longer than one academic term, then we ask that you email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you would like to continue the mentoring partnership for another term (or however long you both agree upon).