Title: Lake Forest College Mentor Program 200506 Alumni Mentor Training
1 Lake Forest College Mentor Program2005-06Alumni Mentor Training Above Mentees participate in a training session at the CAC. Sessions were offered three evenings this year. 2 Welcome Mentors. Heres what Lake Forest College students are saying about their Mentors.
My mentor is enthusiastic and nice and I think she will be inspiring while I make decisions about my future.
Ashley Clark 06
He has encouraged me to pursue a career in teaching and says I have strong communication skills.
David Kuriniec 08
He is very positive and wants our meetings to be fun and helpful. He is very approachable. Naa Quaye 08
She assured me that I am not behind my classmates in my job search. It took a lot of pressure off me. Rachel Kinder 06
We have a lot in common when it comes to goals and interests. She has experienced a lot of things I hope to which encourages me to follow through. Elaina Komala 08
David Kuriniec 08 Ashley Clark 06 3 Who Are Lake Forest College Mentors
Over 120 alumni and friends of the college are currently available as mentors
Mentors are skilled in a wide range of disciplines and industries some are even graduate students!
If matched mentors commit to spending November June in contact with a student.
Nancy Wolters 70 has been a mentor for 6 years. Laura Kotelman 93 assisted with training this year. 4 Who Are Lake Forest College Mentees
Mentees are first-year through senior students who are committed to professional growth.
Mentees are from all different career paths including undecided!
Mentees are willing to learn from the experiences of others and want to know more about what careers are available to them.
Right Benjamin Schwartz 06 and Katherine Thomas 08 prepare for their pre-matching meetings. 5 Mentor Program Timeline
Students and mentors fill out applications and return them to the CAC.
Students participate in a Pre-Matching Meeting with CAC staff to help determine student career interests and goals.
Students participate in a Mentor Program Preparatory Session to learn how to lead their meetings with their mentors.
Students are matched with a mentor based on their career needs and geographical preference.
Mentors are notified as to whether they have been matched with a student or not.
Unmatched mentors remain in the pool of applicants to be invited to participate the following academic year and are encouraged to volunteer in another needed area on campus.
Students contact matched mentors at the end of November
6 What Can I Expect This Year
A focused matching process. Students participate in a personalized pre-matching meeting with the CAC.
Matched mentors will receive a Mentor Program Handbook to detail the expectations and roles of mentors and mentees.
Student contact starts in late November. Your official commitment ends with the academic year in June.
Mentees have a pre-matching meeting with CAC Assistant Director Cindy Julian. 7 What Is Expected of Me
Mentors and mentees are expected to behave ethically and safely at all times. Please direct concerns to the Career Advancement Center.
Please respond to your mentees contact attempts within 48 hours even if only to say that you have a busy week and will get back to them at a later date.
Remember that you may be the first professional contact your student has made. Be patient with their efforts and encourage their growth.
Above Mentor Jason Webb 92 chats with Henry Schenker 07 after a mentor program prep. session at the CAC. 8 What Can I Expect of Mentees
Mentees are learning to initiate contact keep commitments and conduct informational interviews.
This experience brings some mentees out of their comfort zones and they are in need of your patience and encouragement.
Mentees have participated in a training session that focused on developing a professional contact and setting career goals.
Mentees may conduct themselves in a manner that is not acceptable in the workplace. Please use these as opportunities to teach proper business etiquette.
9 What do Mentees Want to Know
Will I like this job
Is this industry a good fit for me
What kinds of people work here
Does my resume look okay
What is it like to interview here
How will I balance career friends and family
Do I have the skills to be successful
Can I get into graduate school
What salary can I expect to make
What else can I do with this major
Above Karina Jaros 06 and Maria Siezar 09 prepare for their pre-matching meeting. 10 How Can I Help My Mentee
Your mentee needs your time and listening ear more than your advice.
Your mentee has major decisions to make. Your support is invaluable.
Share what you have learned about work and life. Your mentee loves to hear it!
Think of practical skills you can role play such as interviewing and resume writing.
11 Mentor Program Contact Information
Your efforts on behalf of Lake Forest College students are much appreciated. Please contact me with your questions and comments about the mentor program. I look forward to working with you. Best Regards Megan Megan Mieling M.S.Ed. Lake Forest College Mentor Program Coordinator mieling_at_lakeforest.edu 847-735-6240
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