FAU's Professional Mentor Program



PROFESSIONAL MENTOR FAQ’S

How do I become a Professional Mentor?
What does a Professional Mentor do?
What kind of time should I expect to spend with students?
How often can I expect to be contacted by students?
How much time should I plan to give participants?
I don't work in HR, and I'm not a recruiter. Will students and Professional think I'll be able to get them a job at my organization?
How will I know when my profile has been viewed?
Can I volunteer to share specific kinds of career-related information?
When my time with the student is complete, what else is required?

How do I become a Professional Mentor?
To become a Professional Mentor, you must have at least three years of professional experience. The next step would be to register your mentor profile on the Interfase Database. Once you have registered, you will receive an email from the Career Development Center confirming we have activated your mentor profile along with more details.

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What does a Professional Mentor do?
A Professional Mentor is a person that volunteers their time to network with currently enrolled degree-seeking FAU students for the purposes of career exploration and professional development. This gives students the opportunity to be mentored by a professional that shares similar academic and/or career related interests.

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What kind of time should I expect to spend with students?
Each Professional Mentor will spend different amounts of time with students. It's entirely up to you and what your schedule permits. That could mean answering one email a week with a mentee, or developing a long term mentor/mentee relationship. In your mentor profile, the number of mentees permitted to contact you per month is set at 5, but that number can be adjusted to reflect the amount of time you are able to commit to the program.

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How often can I expect to be contacted by students?
The default number of contacts per month is set at 5 and will not change unless you choose to do so while editing your mentor profile. Other Universities with successful mentor programs have noted that typically only 30 - 40% of searches for mentors result in actual contacts being made. Keep this is mind when setting the default number. Students may be “just looking” and may not contact you after all.

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How much time should I plan to give participants?
Participants are advised to be respectful of your time. As a Professional Mentor, expect a couple of hours throughout the semester. Of course, if you are in a hot field or job market, you may receive a few more calls and/or emails than other mentors, but you always have the option of limiting the number of people who may view your profile by adjusting the default number in your mentor profile.

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I don't work in HR, and I'm not a recruiter. Will students think I'll be able to get them a job at my organization?
Participants are advised not to use the Mentor Program to directly solicit employment from mentors. It is also made clear that while internships and job shadowing are possible outcomes of a student mentee/mentor relationship, they cannot be guaranteed and should not be expected. The program serves as an educational and informational forum to facilitate FAU student’s career exploration.

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How will I know when my profile has been viewed?
If an individual has browsed your profile in Interfase, it will automatically generate a record in your profile with that person's name.

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Can I volunteer to share specific kinds of career-related information?
Yes. You can choose the type(s) of guidance you're willing to provide: employer information, career advising, regional information, resume critiques, and/or mock interviews.

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When my time with the student is complete, what else is required?
After completing your sessions, you will be required to complete a short follow up survey (click here to access the survey) describing the time spent with the student. This information is kept confidential and will never be released to the mentee. The information is only used to help improve the program.

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