Could I be a mentor? Should I be?
The mentor-mentee relationship is a very important component of the Engineering Leadership Program. ELP students are in the beginning stages of their leadership development and are enthusiastic about having an experienced mentor committed to their growth. As a mentor, you will have opportunities to offer advice and tools to help your student assess his or her strengths and to seek out opportunities to grow in areas that need improvement. Students are eager to hear about your “real life” career experiences, talk about problems/failures, as well as successes. All of this will contribute to rich learning for ELP students. Additionally, many ELP students will seek advice on how to shape their “life after college.”
You would be a great mentor if:
You would enjoy interacting one-on-one with an engineering student, and can commit to interacting with this student at least twice a semester. The mentor-mentee relationship will start in the student’s sophomore year and will continue through graduation.
You are willing to share your career decisions, your personal and professional leadership experiences, your involvement in your community, etc. You are willing to share failures as well as successes.
You are a good listener. You are interested in learning more about the experiences of 19- to 22-year-old students, most of whom grew up with cell phones, DVDs, iPods, and laptops and who never used a pay phone, played a record album, etc.
You are willing to devote time to talk or meet with the student several times each academic year and will remain in communication via email.
Read our mentor and mentee guides for more information:
If you are interested in being a mentor, send your resume to JoAnn Zelasko. Or contact her via email or phone (303-492-7720) to discuss how you can be involved with ELP.