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What is mentoring?

Mentoring is a relationship in which a more established and career-experienced individual (the mentor) shares advice, insight, knowledge, professional and academic experience with an individual who is willing to benefit and learn from the relationship (the mentee).

What is the Student-Alumni Mentorship Program (StAMP)?

This program bridges the classroom and the professional world to help students and alumni succeed in their future careers. StAMP creates mentee-mentor partnerships focused on career path advice, guidance on future educational development and a general sharing of knowledge.

What are the requirements for mentors or mentees to participate in the program?
  • Complete mandatory online training
  • For mentors: create a profile in the Alumni Directory
  • For mentees: select and request one mentor via e-mail through Alumni Directory
  • Commitment of four months and a minimum of three interactions (phone, e-mail and/or face-to-face)
  • Compliance with the Mentorship Code of Conduct

Important: If you have been absent from the program for more than two years, you will need to complete the training again in order to remain in the program.

What happens after I have completed the mandatory training?

The mentee will be required to select and request one mentor in the Alumni Directory; this request is sent via e-mail notification. Mentors are required to create a profile and monitor their e-mail for mentorship requests from mentees.

What is the preferred method of communication between mentor and mentee?

Once connected, mentors and mentees can decide which method of communication works best for them, e.g., phone, e-mail or Skype. Mentors and mentees could also meet in person whenever possible.

How often should I connect with the mentor or mentee? How long should our meeting last?

The mentor and mentee are required to connect a minimum of three times throughout the four-month relationship. The meeting should last approximately one hour, or more if desired. The mentor and mentee can decide if they want to contact each other more frequently beyond the minimum requirements.

What if I begin the process as a mentor or mentee and I find it difficult to continue with my responsibilities?

If you have any concerns regarding your mentoring relationship, or feel that you are not able to continue your commitment, please contact the Alumni office at alumni@uoit.ca or by phone 905.721.8668 ext. 5657.

What happens after the mentoring relationship has formally ended?

After the mentoring relationship has formally ended, we would ask that mentors and mentees fill out a StAMP feedback survey to provide us with feedback on your experience in the program.

You can also rejoin the program as a mentee by selecting a new mentor from the Alumni Directory, or as a mentor by keeping your mentor profile accessible within the Alumni Directory as well.

Where can I get more information?

For more information on this program, please contact the Alumni office by email at alumni@uoit.ca or by phone at 905.721.8668 ext. 5657.


Mentors

What are the mentor's responsibilities?
  • Comply with the Mentorship Code of Conduct
  • Mentor one mentee at a time
  • Advise without judgment
  • Share your experience
  • Be honest and trustworthy

What are the benefits of being a mentor?
  • Become actively involved with the UOIT community and create lifelong connections
  • Broaden your professional network
  • Share information you wish you had known before starting your career
  • Refine communication, goal-setting and coaching skills
  • Enjoy a rewarding volunteer experience

Are mentors expected to provide job shadowing or placements for the mentee?

Mentors are not required to provide job shadowing or placements for the mentee.

How do I hide my profile on the mentor database?

If you wish to hide your profile on the mentor database because you are unable to participate in the program at that time, you can:

  • Login to the Alumni Directory
  • Select Edit Mentor Profile
  • Uncheck Display Mentor Profile in Search Results
  • Select Update and Save Changes to Profile

You can re-activate your profile by rechecking the same field.

As a mentor, whom will I be mentoring and for how long?

As a mentor, you will be mentoring one undergraduate student, post-graduate student or recent UOIT graduate. The term of each mentoring relationship is four months. You should mentor one mentee at a time. Your mentor profile will be hidden when you start a new mentoring relationship.

As a mentor, how many mentees can I mentor at one time?

As a mentor, you should mentor only one mentee at a time. You are able to continue in StAMP with a new mentee after your formal four-month commitment with your current mentee has been completed.

Mentees

What are the mentee's responsibilities?
  • Comply with the Mentorship Code of Conduct
  • Initiate contact with your mentor (one mentor per mentee)
  • Take an active role
  • Understand the role of a mentor
  • Be prepared to ask the right questions
  • Be respectful, professional and trustworthy

What are the benefits of participating as a mentee?
  • Gain first-hand information on your career of choice
  • Broaden your professional network
  • Develop skills such as communication, job-searching and goal-setting
  • Receive guidance to make the best professional decisions
  • Connect with the UOIT alumni community

What are some suggested activities or topics of discussion?
  • Discuss the mentor's educational background and experience
  • Discuss a current event or issue in the mentor's field
  • Review the mentee's resume and/or cover letter
  • Review the mentee's goals and aspirations
  • Discuss how to effectively look for jobs/internships in the mentor's field
  • Share what the mentor learned about navigating undergraduate or graduate school
  • Talk about how the mentor has balanced personal life and career and what to expect
  • Talk about how the mentor has dealt with personal or professional challenges
  • Attend additional mentorship events or programming, e.g., on-campus networking event
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