Raiders Connect Mentoring Program
What is the Program?
Raiders Connect is a formal career mentoring program for Shippensburg University students with alumni and industry employers in the student’s chosen career field. This program is based on the growing demand that more and more students need intentional and meaningful relationships where topics of professional development in the workplace, career guidance and networking are shared. The mentor/mentee relationship is one of the most rewarding experiences in which students, alumni and employers can be involved.
The Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center will match mentors and students for optimal fit and will provide professional development resources for mentees and mentors to discuss in person, on the phone or via video conference.
Mentoring can be both structured and unstructured in nature. For the Raiders Connect program, mentoring is a structured, one-on-one releationship that focuses on the professional development needs of the mentee. Professional development can be done by:
- Building caring and supportive relationships
- Encouraging individuals to learn and grow
- Assisting an individual in developing his or her own vision of the future
The purpose of this program is to:
- Provide learning experiences to expand and enhance participants current skills and abilities
- Enable those who want to further develop their leadership abilities to gain experience from a mentor, who, as an established alumni or industry employer helps to shape the daily momentum on campus and moves us forward
- Give participants an opportunity for professional development in the workplace, career guidance and networking are shared.
- Give mentees a chance to make connections and network with alumni and professionals in the students chosen career field.
To support, connect and educate current SHIP students about careers and professional development by fostering mentoring relationships between students and alumni/employers.
Through mentoring, there is a mutual way of learning and allowing both participants to develop transferable skills to add to their respective experiences. Effective mentoring advances your mentee by spending time and know-how with an employee or an alumni. The mentor/mentee relationship is one of the most rewarding experiences in which students, alumni and employers can be involved.
The Raiders Connect Mentoring Program will run throughout the academic school year starting in October and going through to April. The Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center will match mentors and students for optimal fit and will provide professional development resources for mentees and mentors to discuss in person, on the phone or via video conference. After the initial pairing process, mentees and mentors will meet at a minimum of three times within the length of the program.
Role of the Mentor
The role of the mentor is to provide insight and guidance for the mentee based on personal experience in career and academic pursuits.
Responsibilities of a Mentor
- Meet face to face or via video conference with your mentee at least once per year.
- Scheduled regular phone meetings at least four times per year (more often is encouraged).
- Set monthly goals with Mentee, a list of suggestions is provided within RC program in SHIP Connects.
- Be available for questions via phone and email.
- Discuss career goals and coach on professionalism in the workplace.
- Introduce mentee to people and organizational resources in his or her career field
Role of a Mentee
Receive guidance and advice from a mentor to assist in career development, goals setting, and career-related decision making.
Responsibilities of a Mentee:
- Take the lead in intiating contact and starting the relationship.
- Be available for face to face meetings with mentors at least once a year.
- Participate in regular phone meetings at least four times a year.
- Set monthly goals with Mentor, a list of suggestions will be provided.
- Initiate conversation with Mentor around professional areas of growth.
- Be present at all meetings and calls.
- Complete all mutually agreed upon projects assigned by mentor.