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Information for Mentees
Mentees will have many opportunities to connect with alumni but must agree to a minimum of four points of contact between September and April. This provides ample time to build a meaningful relationship.
Previous student mentees have told us:
“I got to know my mentor on both a personal and professional level. [My mentor] was very open and helpful; she told me stories about her university life, and how she got into her current field. I was able to talk to her about my career plans and she gave valuable advice. I can contact her whenever I need and she is always there to answer.”
“The mentorship program was one that was very helpful to me as I am graduating soon. My mentor was helpful in providing me with after-graduation life tips and preparing myself for the real world.”
“[My mentor] really helped me build my confidence and introduced me to new careers in my area of interest.”
Students interested in this program must:
- Complete the online “Getting Started” orientation module on Enrich
- Commit to attending one of our two networking receptions (one takes place in the Fall semester, one takes place in the Winter semester)
- Commit to fostering a constructive mentor-mentee relationship
- Take initiative when communicating with their mentor
- Be approachable, understanding, and a good listener
- Respectful of the mentor’s time and experience
Applications for the 2022 – 2023 cycle will open soon.
Email email@example.com if you have any questions.
FAQ for Mentees
Who is the Student-Alumni Mentorship Program intended for?
This program is for students interested in learning from the experiences of UofGH alumni. All University of Guelph-Humber students are encouraged to apply. Students in their 3rd or 4th year of study may be particularly interested in connecting with alumni as they transition out of the classroom and into the world of work or further education.
How will I connect with my mentor?
It is your responsibility to initiate contact with your mentor. You and your mentor will discuss, and agree on, a method of communication that works best for both of you. For example, you may choose to meet in person, schedule phone or Skype meetings, or communicate through email or text messages. Please note that some alumni mentors may be located outside of the GTA (some may even be international) and will not be available to meet in person. However, all of our mentors are happy to find alternative ways to make themselves available to you.
How often will I connect with my mentor?
Frequency of interaction will be up to you and your mentor. The University of Guelph-Humber hosts a new mentor meet-and-greet reception in the Fall semester and a reception in the Winter semester to mark the close of the cycle. You are required to attend one Student-Alumni Mentorship reception, where you will be able to meet your mentor in person.
Will my mentor be in the same program as me?
We prioritize connecting mentees and mentors from the same program. However, we cannot guarantee that your mentor will have graduated from your program. Regardless, all mentors have the ability to share valuable experience about life after graduation, as well as, professional and personal development, which can be of tremendous benefit throughout the mentoring relationship.
When does the Student-Alumni Mentorship Program end?
We run the Student–Alumni Mentorship Program each year. The formal relationship begins in the fall and finishes at the end of the winter semester. However, if the connection you made with your mentor is beneficial to you, we encourage you to stay in touch for as long as you would like, provided your mentor agrees.