Welcome to the LAU Alumni Mentoring Program (AMP)!
The AMP brings together current LAU senior students with volunteer alumni mentors who provide the students with career guidance and networking advice, with the purpose of furthering their professional development.
A MENTOR’S ROLE
A mentor has several functions. Mentor roles can include (but are not limited to):
Being a good listener
Acting as the student’s advocate
Coaching the student through difficult moments
Being a friend
Serving as a positive role model
Sponsoring the student professionally
Facilitating self-esteem and self-confidence
Providing job references
The experience of peer universities’ mentoring programs strongly suggests that trust and open communication between the mentor and student can be best achieved through regular personal contact. If this is not possible, we recommend at least a face-to-face meeting early in the relationship. At the same time, regular written interaction will help build a relationship in which the mentor can maximally foster the student’s potential.
THE IMPORTANCE OF AN ACTION PLAN
As you begin your mentoring relationship with your student, you may wish to get together with him or her to work out an action plan. Doing so will allow you to get acquainted on a personal level while charting out your mutual goals and the basic steps the two of you can take to achieve them. To help guide you through the process, your Mentoring Handbook includes a “Goals and Action Plan” form.
WHAT MAKES A SUCCESSFUL MENTOR?Listening attentively to the student, and offering comments only when the student is open to them.Being consistent. Offering support without acting as a crutch.Respecting confidentiality (except in cases of potential harm to the student or other individuals).Aiming high but having realistic expectations. Respecting the student’s other commitments by making good use of his or her time, arriving prepared and on time to every meeting. Understanding that you are not obligated to make commitments, but once the commitment is made, keeping it since the student is counting on you. Keeping the focus on career and professional development. If the student needs other kinds of help (including but not limited to emotional and personal issues), you as a good mentor should direct him or her to the proper channels.
THE MENTOR HAS FIVE TASKS:
1. TO ESTABLISH A POSITIVE PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP
- This is the most important duty of a mentor.
- Entails building trust from day one.
- May take some time to achieve, but if you are patient you will succeed.
- The way in which this trust is established is unique to each mentoring relationship.
- A good mentor