Career Services has partnered with the Alumni Department to create a brand new Alumni Career Mentoring program for our students.
What is Alumni Career Mentoring?
Mentorship is a personal developmental relationship between a Multnomah alumnus and student, in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced person. True mentoring is about an ongoing relationship of learning, dialog, and challenge.
As a Multnomah Alumni Mentor you are a guide, friend and resource who shares your education and professional experience to help pave the way for a student to succeed in school and be prepared for life after Multnomah.
A Multnomah Alumni Mentor is a:
Motivator: Expresses belief and confidence in the student’s abilities, and encourages the student to explore new things.
Resource: Teaches and advises the students on career related subjects (from networking to advancing in a career field to balancing family life, etc.)
Supporter: Encourages open and honest dialog, and listens to and responds to the needs of the students.
Coach: Helps the student develop, and work to achieve realistic and meaningful goals.
What is Expected of Me as a Mentor?
Being a mentor is flexible - you and the mentee can decide on how the relationship will work. We do, however, have some expectations for this relationship:
• This relationship only lasts 1 semester (September - December OR January - May), but may be continued at the discretion of Mentor and Mentee.
• Spend at least 1 hour per month working on the mentoring relationship (total of only 4 hours per semester).
• Set expectations with students for how and when you will contact each other (see Mentoring Resources below).
• Approach mentoring relationship with respect, professionalism and an open mind.
• Respond to all communication in a timely manner.You will be notified by the Career Services Office when you have been matched with a student for a particular semester. However, the student will make the initial contact with you to begin the mentoring relationship.
What is NOT expected of Me as a Mentor?
• To offer jobs or internships to the student.
• To initiate all contact with the student.
• To have all the answers for the student.
Who are the Multnomah Students participating?
Currently, the Alumni Mentoring program is only available for students in the PSY 390 Career Development class (typically Juniors or Seniors).
The mentoring pairs will be made based on similar career field, degrees and personal interests of both the student and alumnus.
Interested in being a mentor to a Multnomah student?
We are currently looking for Alumni Mentors for the Fall 2014 semester. If you are interested in being a mentor fill out and submit the following form. If you have more questions about being a mentor, please contact the Career Services office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please fill out and submit the following form:
Alumni Mentoring Resources
Building the Mentoring Relationship
Suggested Talking Points
Goal Setting Worksheet