Towson University’s HCMN Advisory Board has recently approved a new mentoring service for our current undergraduate students. This service is in its very beginning stages, and we are open to any and all suggestions and questions. Our vision for the service is to provide students with access to both former students and area professionals for advice and mentoring. This is NOT a job-search service and should not be used as such.
With respect to the type(s) of mentoring services provided, students may access mentors under a variety of options:
email and/or phone only
for short term (<1 month) assistance only
for informational interviews
for long term mentoring opportunities
for career guidance
As mentioned, we are also open to suggestions for this new service. As you likely are aware, ACHE has an extensive mentoring program, and we are using their model as a guide; additional information on the role of the student (protégé) is provided below from ACHE. Anyone interested in mentoring or learning more about this service is encouraged to contact our Program Director, Wayne Nelson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT OF OUR PROGRAM!
(The following information was taken from the ACHE website. Retrieved on December 1, 2008 from www.ache.org.)
Why Consider Becoming a Mentor or Protégé?
What Is Mentoring?
Mentoring involves a more experienced individual, the mentor, providing guidance to a protégé. One thing mentoring should not be about is obtaining a first or next job. A mentoring partnership involves developing trust, investing feelings and energy and sometimes taking risks by challenging a partner’s self-image. If a mentor feels valued only for the connections he possesses or the doors she can open the relationship probably will never develop.
Why Consider Becoming a Mentor?
A mentor is an individual, usually older, always more experienced, who helps and guides another individual’s development. There are many reasons for becoming a mentor including learning about yourself, becoming energized through a fresh personal or professional perspective and deriving satisfaction for furthering another’s career development. The return on mentoring efforts may also include growing an organization’s management talent and fine-tuning your leadership skills in a one-on-one situation.
Why Consider Becoming a Protégé
Protégé or mentee is the name given to the person who receives guidance from the mentor. That guidance may take many forms. For example, a protégé may want to work on building self-confidence, developing professional and winning behaviors or sharpening critical thinking skills and knowledge. People can become protégés at almost any age. A young manager can receive valuable guidance from experienced mid-career executives, while the mid-careerist may benefit from a mentor who is at the C-suite level. Senior executives ready to move up from a small or mid-size organization may benefit from the counsel of a CEO or COO whose career already includes leading larger, more complex firms.