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  1. 1. Student Mentoring Programs: How to Make Them Happen Dan Voss & Bethany Bowles Pre-CPTSC Conference Workshop September 27, 2012
  2. 2.  What is mentoring?  Types of mentoring  Face-to-face mentoring  Virtual mentoring  Community partnerships  Individual relationships  What do you do?  Ingredients of a successful mentoring program  Turnkey package Agenda
  3. 3. 3 Types of Mentoring 1. Within industry: pairing an experienced practitioner with an entry-level member of the profession 2. Within academe: pairing a faculty member with a student 3. Pairing a professional practitioner with a student
  4. 4. Student Outreach Initiative Mentoring is a Key Ingredient STC Community Affairs Committee (CAC)
  5. 5. Individual Mentoring Relationships: Face to Face
  6. 6. Individual Mentoring Relationships: Virtual
  7. 7. Remote/Virtual Mentoring
  8. 8. STC’s Academic SIG is working on two types of virtual mentoring programs for the 2012-2013 academic year: 1. Pairing professionals in the Academic SIG with student STC members in “general” virtual mentoring relationships 2. Pairing SMEs in SIGs with student STC members on academic assignments involving research/writing for the technical communication Body of Knowledge (BOK). Both types of virtual partnerships will likely be administered via MentorBoard software currently being explored by the STC Office. Academic SIG
  9. 9. Ingredients
  10. 10. Recipe  Combine equal proportions of mentees and mentors  Season with guidelines and turnkey administrative tools  Mix well  Bake for one academic year  Garnish with job placement icing
  11. 11. Turnkey Toolkit  STC guidelines for mentoring programs  Specific program guidelines and procedures  Summary of successful programs  Mentor/mentee (M&M) application forms  M&M summary form (for making pairings)  M&M agreement form (goals, objectives, activities)  Suggested M&M activities and projects  … and MORE!
  12. 12. Recruiting
  13. 13. Pairing
  14. 14. Mentor/Mentee Agreement  Objectives  Expectations  Activities  Schedule  Communication channels
  15. 15.  Job-shadowing  Resume and portfolio assessment, interviewing skills  Jungle training for corporate America  Joint projects  Life lessons  “Reverse” mentoring (mentee teaches mentor) … happens a lot! Typical Activities
  16. 16.  Update the mentee’s résumé to present his/her abilities and experience to future employers; conduct a mock job interview  Work together to create a portfolio for the mentee to use when job- hunting  Arrange a job-shadowing visit for the mentee to learn more about the workplace  Post what projects you are up to on the Facebook page to share with everyone!  Review a technical book or guide for newsletter  Preview the upcoming STC annual conference by highlighting a presentation being done by local members Suggested M&M Activities
  17. 17.  Write a short review of one or more web sites that would interest or help readers  Create a short, engaging article that teaches a grammar and/or mechanics point – creative formatting encouraged!  Join an STC SIG in an area of mutual interest and participate in a SIG- related project together.  Use the social media (e.g., IM, texting, Facebook, Skype, or even asynchronous color-coded “e-mail ping-pong”*) to engage in some real- time “chats” from time to time to get to know each other better and share ideas. *Don’t ask. Suggested M&M Activities (cont)
  18. 18. Available Materials  STC guidelines for mentoring programs  Specific program guidelines and procedures  History of successful mentoring programs  Mentor/mentee(M&M) application forms  M&M summary forms (for making pairings)  M&M agreement form (goals, objectives, activities)  Suggested M&M activities and projects  M&M contact log  Link to typical M&M Facebook page  M&M pre-assessment forms  M&M post-assessment forms  M&M program evaluation form
  19. 19. Contacts Dan Voss  Bethany Bowles 
  20. 20. The Stage is Set … Action!