Suggested AgendaThe National Alumni Association, in collaboration with the Career Development Center, provides current FAU undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to be mentored by an alumnus/a that shares similar academic or professional interests. This program was established to provide students access to valuable resources that cannot be found in books.
The goal of the Professional Mentoring Program is strictly informational and is not meant to be used as a means to find a job. Once a student is matched with an appropriate mentor, the student (mentee) will be given the option of either having the mentor make initial contact or vice versa. All mentors will receive notification of who their mentee will be, and who will be responsible for initial contact before the mentoring period begins. A suggested schedule between the mentee and mentor is listed below.
These meetings can be held via telephone, instant messenger, email, or in person. The purpose of these meetings is to build a foundation to strengthen the mentee’s professional goals. Each meeting will revolve around a suggested theme:
Meeting 1: Emphasis is on assisting the student with self assessment.
Meeting 2: Career related discussion with an emphasis on the day-to-day business operations encountered by the mentor. (This is an opportunity to ask questions about what his/her mentor does and for the mentor to share his/her career experiences.)
Meeting 3: Strategic Discussion on the development of a career plan for the protégé
Your mentor is looking forward to hearing from you and is excited about helping you obtain information to make informed career decisions. This is your chance to explore fields of interest, potential career opportunities and a variety of industries.
To help you make the most of your experience, please follow the directions below which are appropriate for your desired type of contact.
Before and After the Visit
Contacting Your Mentor by Phone
When using phone, e-mail or meeting in person, prepare a brief introduction of yourself (this information tells the mentor who you are and how he/she can assist you):
After meeting, talking or corresponding by e-mail with your mentor, the Career Development Center can help you identify the next step that is right for you and assist you with researching other options. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to further discuss your career options and goals.