Each student in ELP will be matched with a mentor. Students will engage with their mentors at least twice a semester via face-to-face meetings, video-conference, and/or phone calls. As a mentee, you will engage with your mentor in dialog by tapping into your mentor’s leadership experiences in their field. Your mentor will also help you with the identification and planning of your leadership experience and selection of leadership electives. Your mentor is not responsible for finding you a leadership experience. Additionally, your mentor may play a role in offering career advice if that is something you are seeking.
What do we discuss?
- Your mentor has had leadership experiences both within the engineering sector as well as outside of their occupation. Ask for advice and for any tools to help you assess your own strengths and how to seek out opportunities to grow in areas that need improvement. Utilize this advice to also help you select your leadership electives, seminars to attend, conferences, etc.
- Talk to your mentor about their “real-world” work experiences. Ask them about problems and failures they have experienced, as well as successes.
- Utilize your mentor as a sounding board as you begin to think about your life and career after college.
- Interact (phone, email, Skype, in person) with your mentor at least twice a semester. You and your mentor share 100% responsibility for making sure these interactions occur; however, you should take the initiative on scheduling, confirming, and following through with each planned meeting.
- Regularly submit your portfolio work to your mentor for review, and make sure you have adequately met their expectations on these requirements.
- Make sure to complete all reflections for the leadership portfolio pertaining to your mentor/mentee relationship. Make sure to follow up with your mentor to get their feedback narratives.
Portfolio elements requiring mentor input/feedback:
- Leadership Experience: feedback on the plan, changes/progress, final report
- Mentorship Engagement: reflection summary of semester interactions
- Capstone Synthesis Report
ELP Mentor Do’s and Don’ts
- Mentors will advise students based on personal conversations with the mentee and information provided through the leadership portfolio. As a mentee, you are not required to provide your mentor with your academic records.
- ELP mentors have volunteered and accepted the responsibility of being a mentor. They are aware of the expectations we have for them as a mentor. If you are having difficulty contacting your mentor or are not receiving the required documents needed for your portfolio, please contact the ELP Program Director, JoAnn Zelasko, immediately.
- Do not ask your mentor to intervene in any academic issue (ex., waive a course requirement, change a grade, excuse an absence) or to place you in an internship or job. If they want to help with job or internship placement, they are welcome to offer/provide that assistance, but they are not required to do so by their participation as a mentor.