OverviewA mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Alumni participants must minimally meet the following standards:
- Be a Clemson University graduate currently working in a business field
- Have 3 or more years professional experience
- Have affiliation with at least 1 professional/community organization and be willing to incorporate a mentee into business aspects of the profession and organization
- Demonstrate a strong interest in helping a College of Business student with career/professional development
As a mentor, you have an obligation to our students. We ask that you take this into consideration when joining Tiger Ties. Below is our request of you, as a mentor, and an agreement of which you will be expected to commit.
I understand that being assigned a mentee from the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program is an honor, commitment and, above all, agreement to participate in the development of students in the Clemson Tiger Ties Mentorship Program. I am aware that my lack of full participation can have enormous, adverse effects on both the Tiger Ties Program and my mentee. I understand that part of my responsibility is as a role-model, thus, I cannot expect of my mentee what I do not contribute myself.
I understand that the program is designed as an educational process for the members. I will treat my mentee as a young professional with the understanding that they “don’t know what they don’t know.” I will not assume anything and will hold myself and my mentee accountable for all actions in the mentoring relationship.
As a requirement of the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program, I am aware that all mentors are asked to meet with their mentees a minimum of once per month and participate in a minimum of the annual Tiger Ties orientation (webinar) and semesterly receptions.
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SUGGESTED Mentor DO's
- Take responsibility to initiate the relationship.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and honor all appointments.
- Invite the mentee to business/professional meetings or activities, as appropriate.
- Schedule meetings with planned topics. Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Arrange frequent contact through phone, email, face-to-face, etc., as appropriate
- Respond to emails from your mentee within 2 days of receipt.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring partnership.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and timely feedback to your mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
SUGGESTED Mentor DON'Ts
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Encourage mentee to be totally dependent upon you.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc. unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be too busy when the mentee needs your friendship or your support. If you do not have time, give the mentee a heads up, so that they know when they can reach you.