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Concordia’s Meaningful Work Mentoring Program matches career professionals like you with students as part of a class assignment.
The goals of the program are to:
- Introduce students to the value of professional relationships
- Help students build social networks while in college
- Build value in pursuing informal mentoring relationships while in college outside of the class assignment
- Develop career readiness skills
What is the time commitment?
Students and mentors are matched over an 8-10 week period each semester and meet at least 3 times in person, virtually, or by phone. In the pilot program some mentors and students mutually agreed it would be beneficial to continue the partnership beyond the course assignment, but it is not required.
How do students and mentors connect?
Students identify potential mentors by viewing your mentor profile in the University's Handshake database. A mentor profile should include a photo and details about experiences and expertise.
May I opt in and out of the program?
Yes. Mentors can choose to opt in and out each semester. It is highly encouraged that you hide your mentor Handshake profile if you are opting out for a semester or longer.
Who are the students in the program?
Students in the program are enrolled in Concordia's Leadership Theory course, a distinctive course required in the general education curriculum. The students are mostly sophomores and juniors that span across all majors.
What is the matching process?
Mentors set up a profile on Handshake that includes details about their experience and expertise. The profile allows students to choose a mentor based on student interests. Students make a request in the Handshake system and the Vocation and Professional Development office reviews and approves the requests. The review process may include personal interviews with the student or mentor before confirming a match.
Do mentors receive training and support?
Mentors are provided resources for coaching students on resume writing, interviewing, and marketable skills through their mentor profile account. Mentors receive readings, videos, and other career readiness resources like interviewing guides, job search tools, and other valuable tools for mentors to use with their student via their Handshake mentor account with University.
What specific objectives or goals should mentors accomplish with the student?
Mentors ask “big questions” that draw out aspirations and interests and then connect students with other professionals in your network based on the student's interests.
We want the student’s professional network to grow. Meaningful Work Mentors are considered sponsors and the initial partnership is considered a "mentoring episode." It is our hope that students learn the value of mentoring through the required assignment and seek out mentoring relationships on their own in the future.
How often am I supposed to meet with my student protégé?
Students and mentors meet at least 3 times over the semester. In the pilot program some partnerships met once a week in person while others met 3 times by phone. Schedules are the biggest barriers to building a mentoring partnership, which is why we embed this first mentoring experience as as a learning opportunity in a course. Calendar your mentoring sessions up front and make a commitment with each other to adhere to the agreed upon schedule.
What if my student is not engaged with the program?
Notify the vocation and professional development director, Randa Scott firstname.lastname@example.org with any issues that arise. In the pilot programs we studied various factors of mentoring relationships and made adjustments as needed to ensure a successful match and completion of the assignment. Your informal feedback and responses to program surveys are important to us.
Yes, I want to be a MW Mentor! What is my next step?