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 continued support of our program!
The following information was taken from the ACHE website as of July 1, 2013
What is a mentor?
A mentor affects the professional life of a protege by fostering insight, identifying needed knowledge, and expanding growth opportunities. This assistance supplements the coaching an individual already receives from his or her supervisor. Traditionally, the mentoring relationship consists of an experienced executive providing guidance and advice to an associate with less experience. The associate is looking to move up the career ladder, usually by learning from someone who is successful and well respected.
Why become a mentor?
Mentoring gives you the extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a protege's personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge you learned through years of experience. While the primary intent of your mentoring role is to challenge the protege to think in new and different ways, the protege is not the only one who gains from the arrangement. As a mentor, there are various ways you can benefit as well.
Why consider becoming a protege/mentee?
Protégé or mentee is the name given to the person who receives guidance from the mentor. Before approaching a potential mentor, you need to identify what you hope to gain from a mentoring relationship and what type of a mentor is best for helping you meet your objectives. Start by identifying your short-term career goals. Where do you see yourself in the next year or two? What knowledge, skills, and abilities do you need to get there? What key experiences could a mentor provide that would benefit you most? Answers to these questions will help you identify the type of mentor that is right for you. For example, depending on your goals, you may want to seek a high-ranking executive whose career path you would like to learn from. Or you may want a mentor closer to your level of experience, but who you feel could help you in very specific areas of growth and knowledge.