Why participate in mentoring? Student Reflections
"They are someone who is there because they care and they want to be, and what could be more important than that?" Ben Steinberg
"Mentoring has been a great opportunity for me to expand my world view, both professionally and personally." Katie Yelland
Do you want to learn from someone who has an area of expertise that you are passionate about?
Do you want to develop a relationship with someone who wants to help you grow personally or professionally?
Do you want to connect with a professional outside of your major to build your network or develop interpersonal skills?
If you said yes to any of the above statements, then you should consider Called to Lead’s mentoring program.
Called to Lead’s mentoring program is a collaborative partnership where both you and your mentor will learn from each other. You will meet during the course of the semester and work together to accomplish your learning objectives.
Why would I want to participate; I already have a very full schedule?
We do not want this to be a burden or “one more thing” that you have to fit into your schedule. The only assignment that you have to complete is the initial (one-page) agreement that you and your mentor will work together on to state your learning objectives. Some mentors and mentees mutually agree to work on assignments between meetings that relate to their learning objectives.
You and your mentor will determine when it works best to meet throughout the semester. We ask that you meet approximately 6 times during the semester to accomplish your learning objectives and develop a relationship with your mentor.
What if I have no idea of who I’d like my mentor to be?
That’s okay! We’ll meet with you to discuss some of your interests and then make a recommendation of individuals who would be a good mentor for you. Being paired with someone that you don’t know helps you to develop professional networking skills and broadens your connections on campus. If you do have an idea of who you’d like to mentor with, then we can start there.
What if I have no idea of the topic I want to focus on with a mentor?
That’s okay, too! We will help you define a focus area as well as a mentor. We’re just glad that you are interested in finding a mentor. We will help you with the details. It’s also fine if you know exactly what you want to focus on.
You will not regret taking the next step toward a mentoring partnership.
Many graduates who reflect on their experience in Called to Lead mention their mentor as one of the most meaningful aspects of the program.
You’ll earn 70 points for each mentoring partnership you participate in.
You can receive points for up to 3 mentoring partnerships; you can participate in more than 3, but will not earn points.
So, what are you waiting for?
Begin the discussion about mentoring today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous focus topics include:
- Budget Management
- Business side of healthcare
- Communications careers
- Developing confidence & self-esteem
- Decision making
- Diversity issues in leadership
- Fair trade
- Faith in the workplace
- LBGTQ issues and leadership
- Grant writing; starting a non-profit
- Graphic design/publishing
- Leadership in community schools
- OT: Community settings
- Optimizing effort for maximum academic success
- Organizational skills
- Pre-med career success
- Purposeful life work
- Real-life implementation of OT
- Servant leadership
- Spirituality and leadership
- Time management
- Vocational calling
- Women in leadership
- Work/life balance