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Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose what program to sign-up for?
- Any student of Binghamton University can select to participate in the Mentoring Circles platform.
- Harpur Edge Flash Mentoring requires you to be a student of Harpur. In this track, you will connect with alumni from Harpur.
- Watson Flash Mentoring is for students currently in the Watson School of Engineering to connect with alumni from Watson.
- School of Management Flash Mentoring will be coming this spring and it is for current SOM students to connect with those who graduated from the program.
- What am I expected to do? Mentees are expected to shape their own experience within this mentoring relationship. Most of the interaction with your mentor will take place via email and other web-related tools (for example, instant messaging) or face-to-face, if appropriate. You should tell your mentor what you are looking for help with—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on higher studies, technical information, personal encouragement, and so on.
- What is my time commitment? Please note that it takes some time to develop a relationship and to maintain it. Before signing up for the program, make sure that you have the time to commit to a mentoring relationship. Each meeting is approximately 1 hour, with possibly 1 hour of prep work before the meeting.
- What type of mentors participate in this program? Each track has a different set of alumni participating. Choose the mentoring track that coincides with the program you're enrolled in.
- There is not a track for the school I'm in, how can I connect with alumni? We suggest that you join the Mentoring Circles track because there will be numerous alumni available to connect and keep an eye out for virtual events hosted within the Mentoring Circles track.
- 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 Mentees" tab.
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- Flash mentoring is an opportunity to connect with alumni for a brief, one-time meeting. Students can request a one-time virtual meeting you on a specific topic or conversation.
- The student 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.
- A mentoring circle is a learning format that connects you with others who share common interests or learning objectives, and allows you to learn together as a group. Mentoring circles help you create relationships and networks, drive career development goals, and expand your knowledge.