Mentor Requirements: Be an alumnus of SIUC College of Engineering
Above all, mentoring is about listening without judgment and questioning with respect. Though a mentor may be a role model, at true mentor does not ask another person to “be like me.” A mentor says, “I will help you be whoever you wish to be.”
- Listen to the needs and expectations of your mentee.
- Work with the student to help him/her develop and establish realistic and obtainable goals.
- Offer suggestions and feedback.
- Keep the mentee aware of his/her progress.
- Be committed to serve as a resource to the mentee.
- Encourage your mentee to explore new areas.
- Follow up commitments made to the mentee.
- Contact the mentee if you are unable to attend scheduled meetings.
- Contact program staff if there is a concern with the mentor/mentee relationship.
Benefits of being a mentor
- Sharing your knowledge and skills
- Contributing to someone’s skills and success
- An opportunity to exchange ideas with young adults
- Minimum of one contact per month during the school year.
- Provide follow-up of the student and the mentoring program by completing a program evaluation at the end of the Professional Mentoring Program.
The SIUC College of Engineering Professional Mentoring Program consists of three primary phases as shown here