The Alumni Mentor Program encourages students to AMP up their networks by connecting with local former Bulls who’ve walked in their shoes and can provide feedback and advice on creating a successful path. By establishing a mentor match, students and alums can learn from each other while building a relationship that will be a learning guide for the future.
All you need to know about AMP including the mentorship experience and requirements for participation.
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Everything you need to know about getting the most out of the mentorship experience and requirements of participation of the program is below. Remember this is not an internship and you are not promised a job/internship upon completion of the Alumni Mentorship Program.
Before you select a mentor:
- Think about what background information you want to share with your mentor.
- Think carefully about what you want out of the mentorship, what kind of mentor you’d like and the questions you’d like answered.
That way, you can search for mentors that better match your interests. The more you know your own goals, the more your mentor can help you.
After you have found a potential mentor match:
You, as the mentee, will be the one to make the initial contact. Once you get a mentor match, try to contact your mentor within two days of getting matched. Keep on top of things.
- Make sure to research the professional and their current position if possible.
- If you can’t make contact with your mentor very often, try to keep it consistent (i.e. email him/her every couple of weeks). Only 3 meetings are required of the USF St. Petersburg AMP.
Helpful hints for conversation with your mentor:
- Have you had mentors/mentees in the past? What did you learn?
- What jobs have you had in the past?
- Tell me about your USF experience. What did you like best about it?
- What personal or professional challenges have you faced?
- How have you balanced personal life and career?
- How did you transition from school to the professional world?
- Would you be willing to review my resume, cover letter, or help practice my interview skills?
- Ask about a current event or issue in your field of interest.
- Schedule a shadow visit, if appropriate.
- Ask to be introduced to colleagues or other contacts that may be good additions to your professional network.
- Have them review your resume or use your mentor to stage mock interviews.
If you ever get stuck trying to get a mentor or making contact, contact the AMP team for advice and help. We’re a resource for every aspect of building a relationship with your mentor.
Questions? Contact us.
A different way to keep up with and give back to your alma mater.
We are fortunate to have so many successful Bulls in our local community. We are even more fortunate when those Bulls willing to donate their time by mentoring talented USF St. Petersburg campus students so that they can be prepared to shine after their time here on campus.
Are you willing to share helpful advice, wisdom and help guide a future leader towards success? Please contact the Advancement Team for more information.
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Mentor Guidelines and Helpful Tips for success as a mentor to a USF St. Petersburg student
Make sure to discuss and define the amount of time you have to dedicate to the mentee. The program does require at least 3 meetings for at least one (1) hour.
Mentees will make initial contact once a match is made in Recruit-A-Bull. Please respond in a timely manner. It is preferred that initial meeting be in person and lay the foundation for the relationship.
Activity options for meetings with your mentee: Meet at a coffee shop, meet for lunch, take them to your office, take a tour of the campus, or attend a professional organization’s meeting.
Conversation topics to promote self-awareness and career development in the mentee:
- Tell the mentee you are excited about being his/her mentor!
- Get to know mentee’s personal goals or help them identify goals to strive for.
- Share stories from your time as an undergraduate/graduate student at USF St. Petersburg.
- Ask them about their favorite campus program or service. Discuss what was most useful during your time as an undergraduate.
- Share “your story” about how and why you are in your current position/career. Students love hearing about your past experiences! You probably learned a lot from your past experiences and they can be invaluable to your mentee.
- Do you have extracurricular hobbies, a non-profit of choice or a favorite volunteer activity you’ve gotten engaged with? That’s a perfect way to show your mentee that there are other ways to meet people and be involved in your community other than just through work. Try attending an event together!
- Be Committed: Mentoring is a long term commitment to a student. Please make sure you have the time and motivation to stay committed to the mentoring relationship throughout the semester. We do understand, however, that conflicts arise, so make sure to communicate with your mentee in a timely fashion.
- Be Proactive: Take initiative in the relationship. Often students can be shy and intimidated at first by the idea of reaching out to mentors. Make it easier for students by reaching out about professional development opportunities.
- Get to Know Your Mentee on a Personal Level: AMP hopes that most mentoring relationships develop a personal touch. This makes conversations much more interesting, and rewarding. It makes both mentors and mentees look forward to the next conversation.
- Provide a Fresh Perspective: As a mentor, you are often more distanced from an issue at hand and thus be able to provide a fresh perspective for your mentee. This can help students tremendously as we are often clouded by our emotions and biases.
Thank you for your time to be a mentor. If any issues arise or if you have any questions about the program please contact us.