Where to start on mentoring
The GU4U Committee will provide a connection email, copying both the Student and the Mentor, that will include details for both individuals
The Student should make the first contact. If you do not hear from your student within a week, then attempt to contact student.
The Mentor should take responsibility for igniting the conversation once the student has made contact – whether that is with a friendly email reply or an energizing first phone call.
Get to know each other!
The Mentor should ask the student questions to get to know their background and life story
Often starting from early grade school years and where they were born can help the student include details and talk about something they know well (their life) and how they came to be at Graceland. This provides an opportunity for the Mentor to relate with the student and identify common interests.
Tell the Student about yourself and how you ended up at Graceland
Identify the preferred method and frequency of communications.
Facebook messages, etc.
1or 2 times a month
The mentor should set the pace and elicit the student’s goals.
A mentor listens carefully to his or her mentee’s goals, strengths, and struggles.
Based on those goals, the mentor supports the mentee in meeting his or her goals through questioning, providing guidance and feedback, sharing his or her own experiences, and possibly connecting the mentor with other individuals or groups who could help.
Every mentoring relationship will unfold differently based on the individuals involved, but the purpose of mentoring is not to tell the mentee what to do, but to help the mentee make informed decisions.
The mentor should be supportive, not critical or negative, and should remember that everyone’s experiences and priorities are different.
Here are some sample questions to assist the initial communication process – these are questions that the mentor could forward to the student, or simply have on hand as a conversation guide.
What are your values? (What do you enjoy in your personal life, what is important to you, what do you value in prospective employers?)
What type of work would make you want to sit in traffic for an hour just for the privilege of showing up?
What would you be compelled to do even if you never got paid for it?
What are you passionate about?
How do you define success?
What drives you?
Sample Topics for Future Conversation
Discuss fears/concerns/excitement students have coming to graduation
Share what challenges the mentor faced in graduating
Job interview tips
Job search tips
Where to look
What the mentor’s experience was applying for jobs
Selecting first job
How to evaluate opportunities
Setting up benefits packages at a new employer – what to look for
General awareness of relevant business topics in business world today
What specific industries are going up against
How business disciplines align, compare, and contrast
Who are key players (individuals and businesses) in the industry
Common acronyms in the field
World news and economy
General knowledge of the business world and the ups and downs of the economy
Recommended articles, books, websites and news to follow
Current economic and global business news
Recommended articles and publications to follow
Setting up IRA
Investing tools and resources
Common corporate marketing strategies
Including social media activity
Follow on to in-class topics from students
Given that the mentoring relationship requires trust, communications between the mentee and mentor should be kept confidential.
Make the most of your mentor/mentee relationship, a letter to mentee’s: http://www.fastcompany.com/1843911/6-ways-make-most-your-mentorship-dear-grasshopper
Mentor Skills and Tips: http://teachingcommons.cdl.edu/cdip/facultyservice/Mentoringskillsandstrategies.html
What if it's not working out?
Occasionally, the mentoring relationship doesn’t work out. This can be a result of bad fit, a mentor or mentee who doesn’t actively participate in the relationship, or communication issues. If this happens, the best way to approach it is to first address the issue with the mentor/mentee. If this does not rectify the problem, email GU4U@sting.graceland.edu or the GU4U Committee member who facilitated the initial connection and we will be happy to provide support.