Become a Mentor
What is the Manhattan College Mentor Program?
The Manhattan College Mentor program assists students in making career-related decisions by providing them exposure to their intended industry/career at an early stage in their education. The program puts particular emphasis on introducing the student to a wide variety of career-related experiences while emphasizing the importance of acting in a professional manner.
Mentoring gives you the extraordinary opportunity to facilitate a Manhattan College student's personal and professional growth by sharing knowledge you learned through years of experience. By mentoring, you will give students an "inside look" at career options and coach them on the skills that will improve their success.
Who are mentors?
A mentor is a professional, usually a Manhattan College alum. Mentors tend to be good listeners, guides, advisors, advocates, non-judgmental friends and facilitators. The ultimate goal of the mentoring relationship is to advance the educational and personal growth of the student mentee.
Over 150 alumni join our program every year. They are working professionals in a variety of industries.
What are other benefits of being a mentor?
- The opportunity to translate past occurrences into present learning and gain new insight into your own life
- Meeting and interviewing a possible employee for your company early in their school career
- Meeting other mentors and expanding your own professional network
Who are the student mentees?
Students join the program for one academic year either in their freshman year (Engineering) or sophomore year (Arts/Business/Science). Students must attend one mandatory workshop in September and complete the Professional Pathway Program (P3).
What are the requirements of the program?
- Mentors join for one academic year and are asked to attend our Meet and Greet event in the fall (Engineering: October 24, 2013 and Arts/Business/Science: November 7, 2013) and our Mentor Dinner in the spring (February 6, 2014).
- Completion, with your mentee, of a mentor planning form
- Completion of an evaluation form at the end of the semester
- Becoming a mentor requires time and energy; it is a commitment. You will discuss with your mentee when and where you plan to meet and what you plan on doing together. It is suggested that you try to meet as often as you can during the academic year.
How do you become a mentor?
The mentor program is always looking for new mentors in all fields to assist our students, particularly in engineering, business, communications, psychology, medical doctors and veterinarians.
Can I mentor if I don't live in the New York City area?
While we prefer our mentors are based within traveling distance to campus, we offer virtual mentoring as an opportunity for alumni who would like to get involved.
Virtual or e-mentoring is using email, phone, and online video technology (like Skype or Google+) to connect and build a critical career development relationship. Virtual mentoring shares the goal of face to face mentoring to establish trust and nurture a positive relationship between the mentor and student mentee. The practice is becoming more common and even global companies like HP, Xerox and IBM have started virtual mentoring programs
For more information, contact Malla Haridat at 718-862-7224 or firstname.lastname@example.org.