The purpose of the Professional Mentorship Program is to pair students with working professionals in order prepare students for their intended career. Mentoring relationships are a shared opportunity for learning and growth. Mentoring as an extracurricular development opportunity provides long-term benefits for students, connecting them with support and a networking base as they move through their collegiate experience into careers of choice.
MENTEE (Student) BENEFITS
- Gain life skills, career knowledge, and experience
- Expand professional network
- Benefit from inspiration and support (professional, academic, personal)
- Potential life-long connection between mentor/mentee
WHY HAVE A MENTOR?
Mentoring, at its core, assures students that there is someone who cares about them, guides students as they navigate academic study and career choices, and makes them feel like they matter. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on students in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations. Ultimately, mentoring connects students to personal growth & development and social & economic opportunity.
Students who participate in mentoring programs are more likely to graduate and have greater job placement rates, and as an outcome, the collegiate institution increases student retention and creates an enriched educational experience.
MENTOR (Professional) BENEFITS
Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentee and that mentoring has enabled them to:
- Achieve personal growth and learn more about themselves
- Improve their self-esteem and feel they are making a difference
- Gain a better understanding of other cultures and develop a greater appreciation for diversity
- Feel more productive and have a better attitude at their workplace
Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the student, and even to be changed by their relationship.
Spots for both mentors and mentees are available throughout the year, even during the summer. For more information, contact Colleen Steffen, Coordinator of Community-Based Learning, at 716-827-2493