Become a Mentee
Thank you for your interest in the Sellinger Mentoring Program. This is your chance to jump start your career by connecting with successful business executives in your industry areas of interest. Mentors give advice, share insights and experiences, and develop your professional networking skills. Mentors are here to guide your personal and professional development and help you make an easy transition from student to valued employee. Your mentor’s available time and your level of need drive the design and structure of the program. That’s why first and foremost, mentors and mentees should set clear expectations with each other and know what they hope to gain from the relationship.
Interested in starting the commitment to your professional success?
Were you a mentee last year who would like to continue in the program?
What makes a mentoring relationship successful and mutually beneficial?
Suggestions for Student Mentees:
- Be prompt and professional. Treat every interaction with your mentor as if they were someone with whom you are interviewing for a job. Your relationship with this person may set the tone for how you build other professional relationships in your network, so set good habits from the beginning that show respect for their expertise.
- Be grateful and understanding. Appreciate the time your mentor is spending on you, whether it’s a phone call, email, or in-person meeting. Understand that they are volunteering their time in the midst of many other professional and personal obligations to help you.
- Research your mentor, their company, and the industry. Just as you would before going on interview, research your mentor’s professional experience and their company. Bring open-ended questions with you that may give you a sense of your mentor, their role in the company, and the company’s role in the industry. Staying abreast of relevant current events will also strengthen your conversation topics.
- Show your tenacity and eagerness to learn. Continue to ask relevant questions and always solicit feedback, just as you would in an interview.
- Share your personal stories. Your mentor will be interested in you and your career aspirations, not just companies and industries you’re pursuing. Share stories about what inspires you to learn and ask your mentor about his/her struggles and successes.