Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel.
Student participants must minimally meet the following standards:
- Be a currently enrolled undergraduate student at Clemson University majoring or minoring within the College of Business
- Demonstrate a strong interest in having a mentor’s guidance regarding career/professional development
- New mentees are required to attend a mandatory orientation.
- Attend at least one professional development workshop per semester in addition to the semesterly receptions
mentee confidentiality agreementAs a mentee, it's important to remember that your mentor is confiding in you as much as you are confiding in them. A strength of the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program is trust, integrity and high ethics in all participants. Thus, mentees will be asked to make the following commitment regarding confidentiality:
I understand that I will learn professional and personal information about people and business in the course of the mentoring experience and that this information is to be held in the strictest confidence and is NOT to be discussed outside of any mentoring meeting with anyone except members of the staff of the Clemson University Tiger Ties Mentorship Program. I, therefore, pledge to keep the aforementioned information confidential as a condition of my mentoring. I realize that breach of pledge is grounds for immediate termination from the Tiger Ties Mentorship Program.
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- Take a proactive role in contributing to the mentoring partnership.
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. If you aren't sure what you want/need, communicate that as well and use it as a starting point to kick-off the partnership.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- PUT TIME WITH YOUR MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings prepared and with planned topics of conversation.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.