A mentor is a guide. A friend. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development. For more detailed information and FAQ's about the program, visit our website.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose what program to sign-up for?
- Any student and alumni can join Binghamton Distance Mentoring. Alumni also have the opportunity to be a mentee through this program.
- Harpur Edge Distance Mentoring requires you to be a graduate of Harpur. In this track, you will connect with undergraduate students from Harpur.
- Watson Distance Mentoring is for those who graduated from the Watson School of Engineering to connect with current students.
- School of Management Distance Mentoring is for those who graduated from SOM to connect with undergraduates in this program.
- Can I limit the number of mentees that I am able to connect with? Yes. You can limit the number of mentees that reach out to you based on the month, quarter or year. After you have reached your limit, mentees will not be able to request a connection or meeting, but will still have the ability to see your profile and send you a message. You can edit these limits at any point in your account settings.
- I have additional questions, where can I go or who can I ask? If you have general questions about the Mentoring Platform, you can contact Alicia Hibbard, Senior Coordinator of Alumni Volunteer Engagement, Office of Alumni Engagement, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions for a particular mentoring track, please contact the person listed under their "For Mentors" tab.
Connect with Our Mentees!
Share your expertise with those willing and eager to learn.
- Flash mentoring is an opportunity to connect with mentees for a brief, one-time meeting. Mentees can request a one-time virtual meeting you on a specific topic or conversation.
- The mentee will request a meeting, and you will set up an appropriate time to have a phone call, skype session, etc. You may meet in person, but it is not required.
- The meetings are approximately one hour in length, and can occur at any time through the year.
- Take responsibility to accept meetings in a timely manner.
- Set aside time for the mentoring program and honor all appointments.
- Be flexible on meeting times and places.
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential. If something concerning the mentee needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed with the mentee.
- Establish open and honest communication and a forum for idea exchange.
- Foster creativity and independence. Help build self-confidence and offer encouragement.
- Provide honest and constructive feedback to your mentee.
- Provide opportunities for the mentee to talk about concerns and ask questions.
- Above all, LISTEN.
- Try to give advice on everything.
- Provide your personal history, problems, animosities, successes, failures, etc unless they are constructive contributions.
- Be distracted during your session with your mentee. Give them your undivided attention.
- No show. Please be sure to alert your mentee if you cannot attend your scheduled session.