What is a mentoring program?
Formal college mentoring programs are designed to create strong partnerships between a college student and at least one professional mentor, thereby contributing to student success both while in college and after graduation.
According to Chronus.com, there are four major benefits to both the student and the mentor:
- Improves the likelihood of securing a career position after graduation
- Has been shown to enhance student retention rates
- Engages alumni in meaningful work with students
- Helps students feel more connected to their college
At CSE, we believe mentoring can also:
- Contribute to a student's pre-professional and professional career-related knowledge, skills and abilities, thereby enhancing self-confidence and leadership abilities.
- Provide mentors with an opportunity to pause and reflect on their own career growth in preparation for sharing their well-earned wisdom with others.
What is a mentor?
- A mentor is a professional
- Usually from outside of the CSE campus community
- Who supports students in their personal and professional growth by sharing the knowledge and insights they have gained throughout their years of experience
- Who can help students set goals and support them as they move through the process of achieving those goals
- Might even assist with creating important network connections in the student's field of interest
How long is the mentoring program?
The typical mentoring program is a one academic year (two semester) commitment.
How often should a mentor and mentee meet?
They should meet at least once a month. This could be via phone, text, email, Facetime, Skype or in person.