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Guidelines for Mentors

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): 

The experience of peer universities’ mentoring programs strongly suggests that trust and open communication between the mentor and student can best be achieved through regular personal contact. If this is not possible, we recommend at least an initial face-to-face meeting. At the same time, regular correspondence will help build a relationship in which the mentor can foster the student’s potential.

The Importance of an Action Plan

Before you start with your student, you may wish to meet with him/her to work out an action plan. Doing so will allow you to get acquainted on a personal level while charting your mutual goals and steps to achieving them. To help guide you through the process, the Mentoring Handbook includes a “Goals and Action Plan” form.

Guidelines to Being a Good Mentor

The Mentor Has Five Tasks

  1. Establish a Positive Personal Relationship

    1. This is the most important duty of a mentor. 
    2. Build trust from day one, and allow a positive relationship to develop with time.  Encourage regular interaction and offer support to a student’s specific goals.
    3. The interaction should be enjoyable and fun for both parties.
    4. In your communication with the student, aim to build his or her self-esteem.
  2. Help the Student Develop Career Skills, Such as:

    1. Setting realistic goals. 
    2. Time management. 
    3. Good communication.
    4. Teamwork. 
    5. Self-assessment. 
    6. Optimal decision-making. 
    7. Persistence, dedication, responsibility. 
    8. Continuing education throughout the career.
  3. 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. Foster the Student’s Interaction with Diverse Social and Cultural Groups by:

    1. Expanding his/her understanding of various social and business situations.
    2. Showing a good example: refrain from promoting your own values over his/hers.
    3. Helping the student cultivate the behaviors and attitudes needed to interact with others in the workplace and wider society. 
    4. Challenging the student to think about the importance of respecting others in a global context where cultural differences have ever-increasing importance.
  5. Help the Student Develop Competencies by

    1. Offering constructive critique of his/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

You are committing to help an LAU student launch a productive career. How you achieve this is up to you and the student. However, the student’s priorities always come first - it is his or her career, after all!

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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