Mentor frequently asked questions
Q: What does a mentor do?
A: A mentor does the following (but is not limited to):
Works with a student to identify and address that student’s strengths and weaknesses
Encourages and advises a student in their search for an internship
Provides a sounding board
Shares insights and experiences on how businesses work
Q: How many mentees would I have at one time?
A: The ratio from mentor to a mentee is 1:1
Q: When would I start?
A: January 2021
Q: Does it cost anything?
A: A mentor might incur some minor expenses such as coffees, snacks, parking and gas
Q: Do I have to have a STEM degree?
A: We are flexible. A mentor with rich experience in business has much to offer. Our goal is to expose our students to a wide variety of social scenarios to complement their technical education. In essence, we hope to graduate well rounded future leaders in the technology fields.
Q: Will my mentee’s major align with my profession?
A: Not necessarily, we will try to match based on personality and general interest
Q: Do I need to have a degree at all?
A: We do not expect mentors to advise students on college matters, so a robust background in business and adult life is important
Q: What kind of demand on my time are we talking about?
A couple of hours a week with your student
A meeting of 2 hours or so with other mentors every other month
Three or four social events a year
Q: Do I have to meet with the mentee in person?
A: At least some meetings should be face-to-face, especially at the beginning. But since both you and your student have full lives, you can negotiate how you “meet” between the two of you. During Covid-19, we expect that all meetings will be virtual.
Q: Do I have to be a massive success in my career to be an effective mentor?
A: No. Besides, how would we judge that?
Q: What are the qualities of a good mentor?
Demanding of quality
Q: Is there a mentor program or something I can follow?
A: We have mentors handbook, and we continue working on ways to improve. We hope that your feedback will help our mentors group to deliver a consistent service and messaging to our students.
Q: What if I don’t get along with my mentee?
A: We will not make you or the student continue in an unpleasant or toxic situation. You may have to sit out the rest of the school year without a student to mentor, but there are other ways you can contribute
Q: Am I too old/young to be a mentor?
A: The tools may have changed, but human nature not so much. If you have a couple of years of professional experience, you have something to offer
Q: If I’m not ready to commit to being a mentor, are there other ways to be involved?
A: Yes! Contact us and we’ll work something out