What is Mentorship?
Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
What does a mentor do for you?
- Takes a long-range view on your growth and development
- Helps you see the destination but does not give you the detailed map to get there
- Offers encouragement and cheerleading, but not “how to” advice
Why should I have a mentor?
- Gallup-Purdue index suggest that life in college matters for life AFTER college
- More engaged and involved at during college and after
- Increases the likelihood of graduating with a degree that suits you
- Helps with your academic performance
- Assists in professional skill development
- Offers networking possibilities
- Reduced stress and role conflict in college and after
Advising vs. Mentoring: What’s the difference?
Role of Academic Advisors:
- Aid students in developmental transitions (i.e., high school to college)
- Assist students in crating their curriculum plans, including review of academic performance
- Clarify the program/curriculum requirements
- Assist students with understanding academic policies and procedures
- Introduce students to resources for academic and career success
- Inform students about opportunities for internships, practicums, experitnal learning, study abroad, undergraduate research
- Clarify the purpose and roles within the Advising and Mentoring Model
- Maintain notes on each advising appointment in SCC
- Participate in ongoing training and development
- Role of Faculty Mentors
- Establish a Mentor-Student Relationship
- Discuss students’ personal educational and career goals and opportunities
- Guide students in selecting internships, practicums, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad as appropriate.
- Help students foster relationships with faculty and staff in their college/school communities
- Discuss academic performance as it relates to post baccalaureate pursuits (opportunites for career, professional school, graduate school)
Role of Students with Advisor (Expectations of Students)
- Communicate with both their Professional Advisor and their Faculty Mentor to make informed academic decisions
- Be active participants in setting and reaching their academic goals
- Create a curriculum plan which accommodates individual values, personality, abilities and interests.
- Create a curriculum plan which takes into account current academic progress (GPA, class standing, etc)
- Create a curriculum plan which leads to completion of degree requirements
- Explore and engage in the unique opportunities available at UWG, including extra-curricular activities.
Role of Students with Mentor
- Keep your commitments
- Be open-minded and ready to learn
- Be honest and real
- Be proactive and take initiative
- Be prepared for your meetings
- Be a good listener
- Be forward thinking