IPC Mentoring Program - Guide for Mentees in Making Contact

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IPC Mentoring Program - Guide for Mentees in Making Contact

  1. 1.     GETTING STARTED: TIPS FOR MENTEES   Thank you for participating as a mentee in Brown University’s Inman Page Black AlumniCouncil (IPC) Alumni-Student Mentoring Program!To introduce yourself to your mentor, we suggest you send an introductory e-mail followingthe format below:SAMPLE EMAIL INTRODUCING YOU TO YOUR MENTOR:Dear _____________:My name is __________, and I received your name from the IPC Alumni Mentoring Program.Thank you for volunteering to be my mentor.I am a sophomore majoring in psychology. Outside of classes I volunteer with an after schoolprogram through the Swearer Center. I am also very involved in the Black Student Union,primarily helping with the website, social media and communications.I am interested in learning about the rewards and challenges of working in a non-profitorganization, and how I can best prepare while at Brown, to work in this environment aftergraduation.The IPC Mentoring Committee suggested that the first step is for us to talk over the phone, viaSkype or in person and go over the questions on the Mentoring Agreement form. I look forwardto hearing from you to arrange a time to talk.Thank you again for agreeing to be my mentor. I look forward to hearing from you.Sincerely,Brown University Undergraduate StudentContent adapted from Stanford’s Alumni Mentoring Program 1 of 2 
  2. 2.     GETTING STARTED: TIPS FOR MENTEES  Your First Phone ConversationWe encourage you to kick off your mentoring relationship with an in-person meeting, phonecall or Skype chat so you can have a more personal connection.The most important thing to do in your first conversation is to introduce yourself and buildrapport. Building rapport simply means attempting to get to know someone on a personallevel. It might be helpful to reread your mentor’s profile and ask questions based on theinformation he/she provided. You can think about what you want to share with your mentorabout your background, Brown experience and interests.Following are some question ideas to ask your mentor. Choose a few beforehand and thenlet the conversation flow. Tell me about what you do for a living What do you wish you did while you were at Brown? What jobs have you had in the past? What did you like best about Brown? Where are you from originally? Or what is it like to live in…?Rest assured you have your Brown experience in common, so you will be able to relate onthat level. The mentors are excited to talk with you so don’t worry too much about sayingthe right thing. Remember to communicate your enthusiasm and gratitude about workingwith your mentor.Content adapted from Stanford’s Alumni Mentoring Program 2 of 2 
  3. 3.     BUILDING THE MENTORING RELATIONSHIP: SUGGESTIONS FOR MENTEES  Thank you for participating as a mentee in Brown University’s Inman Page Black AlumniCouncil (IPC) Alumni-Student Mentoring Program! Following is some advice on how tomake your mentoring search and experience more meaningful:Think About What You Want. Think carefully about what you want out of the mentorship,what kind of mentor you’d like and the questions you’d like answered. The more you knowyour own goals, the more your mentor can help you and connect you with resources.Long Distance Relationships? Think carefully about what kind of interactions you’d likewith your mentor. Skype is a great tool to connect with a long-distance mentor.Don’t Delay. Once you get a mentor match, contact your mentor within two days of gettingmatched. Keep on top of things – they are waiting to hear from you!Establish Expectations. When you make contact with your mentor for the first time, takesome time to establish expectations of how you’d like your relationship to be. For example,do you want more personal advice vs. more career advice/professional advice, will youmeet once a week vs. once a month, will you meet in person, over the phone or Skype.Be Proactive. The Alumni are busy professionals but have volunteered their time to helpyou. If your mentor hasn’t responded to you within 2-3 days of your initial contact, don’t beshy about emailing or calling him/her again. He/she may have just gotten busy with work/lifepriorities or missed your email. Remember, your mentor signed up for the program becauseof his/her interest in mentoring. If you don’t hear after several attempts, contact the IPCMentoring Committee at: brown.ipc.mentoring@gmail.com.Make It Personal. Be sure to get to know your mentor on a personal level. While mentorsare excellent career resources, you can learn a lot from their personal stories as well.Keep It Consistent. Even if you can’t make contact with your mentor very often, try to keepit consistent (i.e. email him/her every couple of weeks). If there are long periods of timebetween your interactions, it may be easy to let the mentorship fall apart altogether so trynot to let that happen.Let IPC Help! If you ever get stuck trying to make contact, notify the IPC MentoringCommittee for advice and help. We’re a resource for every aspect of building a relationshipwith your mentor. Contact us at: brown.ipc.mentoring@gmail.com.Content adapted from Stanford’s Alumni Mentoring Program 1 of 1 

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