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Why Care about Student Mentoring? Youth unemployment (<25 years) is 16% in the US (2012) Associated Press reported that 50%+ of college students do not find jobs matching their skills level (2011) McKinsey found that few young people know how to get the right education for a decent job or launch themselves on a viable career path (2012) Areas with highest youth under-employment have greater crime rates and other social problems
Mentoring Helps Young People GrowMany people credit internships for career success, including:Carl Bernstein - The Washington StarSteven Bochco - Universal StudiosBill Gates - Congressional PageSpike Lee - Columbia PicturesRob Reiner - Regional Theater on the East CoastDonald Trump - Trump Corporation (construction)Mike Wallace - Brookline CitizenOprah Winfrey - WTVF-TV (Nashville, TN) You can make a difference!
AgendaWhat is Mentoring?Who are the Players & how do they benefit?How does a Mentoring Program work?Next Step: Make a commitment
What is Mentoring?A method of teaching and learning in which: An experienced individual teaches and trains Someone with less knowledge in a given areaEach party is accountable to the other: Mentor – keep process on track Mentee – commit to learn Mentor Mentee
Common Mentoring Focii Skills – How to write better, use new software, make effective presentations Subject-matter – Learn more about accounting, sales, research, marketing, engineering, law, politics, etc. Work-based habits – Time-management, interpersonal relationships, communications, delegation Organizational issues – Company brand value, strategy, structure, culture, authority, accountability Career path – Speaking-up, take initiative, breadth & depth of professional development
The 4 Parties to aMentoring Program
Who’s Involved with Mentoring Programs? Company Sponsors – CEO, HR, etc. Mentors – executives who supervise interns School Career Advisors – who seek qualified placements & help match students Students – who want experience
Company / Sponsor Benefits Recruitment - Identifies new, talented employees Gain young people’s perspectives & expertise (e.g., social media) Increase productivity as they work on special projects Demonstrates growth commitment to present and future employees Improves staff’s skills & knowledge cost-effectively Promote corporate branding Good Citizenship – Give back to the community
What Does a Mentor Do? Serves as expert, coach, counselor, tutor & guide Is willing, able and available to share information Develops a teaching/learning strategy Executes the program Adjusts it to optimize learning
Mentor BenefitsMentors grow personally & professionally by: Being a teacher Improving his/her own work-related skills Clarifying his/her own strengths/weaknesses and executive career path Contributing more to the company Being recognized by the organization
What is the Mentee/Intern Role? Wants more experience, knowledge and skills Willing to be a trainee/apprentice; ask questions! Explore his/her strengths, weaknesses and situational issues as they affect jobs/careers Do what it takes to accomplish agreed-upon goals Use experience to make better career decisions
Mentee / Intern Benefits Appreciate your company’s Brand Value Practice using “academic” insights and skills Acquire “work” skills (e.g., planning, time management, delegation, accountability and teamwork) Develop interpersonal communication skills (e.g. presentations, reports, memos) Understand how companies operate (e.g., strategy, structure, politics, processes, etc.) Identify key truths about careers
School Career Advisor Benefits Increases number and range of student placements Improves quality of student mentoring experiences for students and sponsors Creates a dialogue between corporate and academic worlds, leading to improved learning opportunities
Launching yourMentoring Program
Design the Program Identify a Program Coordinator to supervise the Mentors and work with the schools (Super-Mentor) Set program goals and how to measure success Determine program scope: Number Mentors & Interns Goals Should be SMART Qualifications of Mentors S Specific School level of interns M Measurable A Achievable Disciplines represented R Realistic (e.g., accounting, finance, writing, T Time-defined sales, marketing, nursing…)
Super-Mentor ResponsibilitiesCoaches Mentors to optimize the impact for everyone Help Mentors develop a “teaching” style and “curriculum” for the student internship. Consult with Mentors over inevitable challenges Facilitate Mentors’ coaching by offering management and leadership tools Provide Mentors with Executive Development tools to advance their careers
Common Areas for Mentee Coaching Time management Project planning and organizational tools Interpersonal communication skills How to delegating and supervise effectively Overcome speaking fears & improve presentations skills Acquiring technical skills (e.g., software, languages) Being an effective team member
Common Executive Development Issues Leadership skills (e.g., when to use supportive, directive, participative strategies) Strategic business development skills Encouraging creativity, innovation and teamwork Adopting an executive presence (e.g., authenticity, integrity and branding) Presentation & networking skills
Coordinating Responsibilities Identify types of interns the Mentors would like. Work with School Career Advisors to maximize quality and quantity of students Write descriptions of internships Set parameters (e.g., hours & pay) Provide feedback to school Evaluate to improve program Provide HR with full review
With Mentoring Programs Everyone Wins! So Let’s Get Started
Be a Mentoring Hero!
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