Alumni & Friends Alumni Mentoring Program

Mentorship Guiding Principles

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 
           Offering guidance 
           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

    1. This is the most important duty of a mentor. 
    2. Entails building trust from day one.
    3. May take some time to achieve, but if you are patient you will succeed. 
    4. The way in which this trust is established is unique to each mentoring relationship. 
    5. A good mentorencouragesregular interaction and offers support to a student's specific needs (i.e. the relationship should be goal-oriented).
    6. The interaction should be enjoyable and fun for both parties.
    7. Your communication with the student should enhance the his or her self-esteem.

    2. TO HELP THE STUDENT DEVELOP CAREER SKILLS, INCLUDING:

    1. Setting realistic goals 
    2. Managing time efficiently 
    3. Communicating with your coworkers
    4. Teamwork 
    5. The ability to self-criticize 
    6. Making optimal decisions 
    7. Persistence, dedication, responsibility 
    8. Continuing education throughout the career

    3. TO GUIDE THE STUDENT IN FINDING ADDITIONAL CAREER RESOURCES

    1. Discuss what resources and coursework are needed to best achieve the student’s goals.
    2. Advocate for the student’s best career interests in all possible venues/circumstances.
    3. Be a resource and a network key, to help identify job openings whenever possible.

    4. TO FOSTER THE STUDENT’S INTERACTION WITH DIVERSE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL GROUPS BY:

    1. Expanding the student’s understanding of various social and business situations.
    2. Showing a good example by not promoting your own values as superior to those of the student. 
    3. Helping the student internalize the behaviors and attitudes needed to optimally interact withothers in the workplace and wider society. 
    4. Challenging the student to think about the importance of respecting others in a globalizing world where cultural differences have ever increasing importance.

    5. TO HELP THE STUDENT DEVELOP COMPETENCIES THROUGH:

    1. Constructively commenting on his or her work. 
    2. Sharing challenges that you had to overcome in order to achieve success. 
    3. Encouraging the student to seize new opportunities and experiences.

    THINGS TO REMEMBER:

    1. THE MENTORING PROGRAM IS ABOUT THE STUDENT

    You are committing to help an LAU student with his or her professional development, helping the student successfully launch a productive career.  How you achieve this objective is up to you and the student to decide upon.  The student’s priorities always come first – it is his or her career, after all! If the student asks you for advice, always offer options. Do not dictate the outcome.

    2. MENTORING MEANS LISTENING

    A good mentor encourages students to talk about their ambitions and worries. Whether in person or over email or telephone, you should always seek to understand the student’s point of view before providing any response.  At all times, you should avoid the temptation to dictate your preferred solutions to the student; instead, you should always encourage them to make their own decisions and choose their own direction.

    3.  A GOOD MENTOR IS A GOOD ADVOCATE

    Your job as a mentor is to link students with resources they may not know about or are unable to access without your help.

    Whenever you can, take advantage of your own network to advance your student’s interests

    4. A MENTOR SHOULD ENCOURAGE AND BUILD CONFIDENCE

    Whenever possible, approach your student’s concerns in a positive light. Help them see their own strengths and talents and build on them, achieving confidence and self-esteem.  If they are down on themselves, help them see past their imagined failings to a brighter future.

    5. A MENTOR TEACHES AND ENCOURAGES LEARNING

    If, during the course of your conversations, your students express an interest in particular topics that go beyond the stated limits of your joint goals, help them develop the pursuit further.

    Through your work together, you may develop a rewarding relationship with the student that may continue beyond graduation.  If that happens, enjoy the wonderful fruits of collaboration and friendship for years to come. But even if it does not, you should still feel highly satisfied about helping an LAU alum kick-start their career: their success is your success.

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