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CatzConnect: Tips for Mentees

What does being a Mentee Entail?

CatzConnect enables you to able to search for and request mentoring support from College alumni. The mentoring relationship is mentee-led, which means that you will be in charge of sending the first approach to potential mentors, scheduling meetings and following-up on actions. The time commitment is two hours a month. Please refer to the Mentoring Essentials resource for more information.

Mentee Essentials

  • The mentoring relationship is your responsibility. As a mentee you will initiate the approach to the mentor, will schedule meetings and follow-up as required.
  • Reply to your mentor within five days of receiving a message from them.
  • Reply to any communications from the Alumni and Development Office in a timely manner.
  • Get to know yourself: complete this free test that gives you an indication of your Myers Brigg personality profile.
  • Alumni will join CatzConnect every week so keep checking back if in your first search you do not find anyone suitable.
  • Mentoring requires commitment: agree clear and measurable objectives with your mentor and make sure you pursue the action steps to achieve those objectives.
  • Check the platform once a week for updates and information, as well as any messages sent to you by other members of the platform.

Four Top Tips for Success

1. Sync your profile with your LinkedIn account. If you do not have a LinkedIn account then this article can help you do so.

2. Pay particular attention to three elements of your CatzConnect profile:

  1. Have a professional picture and make sure your professional and educational details are up to date.
  2. Check your contact information on the platform is up to date. All your interactions in the platform will be sent to your registered email address.
  3. Enter your geographical location to ensure you appear on the right region on the interactive map.

3. Do your research: before you approach anyone on the platform, or before you answer any messages, look at the profile of the other user. There may be a lot of useful information on their profile and the more you know, the more meaningful the interaction will be.

4. Check back regularly: add a reminder to your calendar to check your CatzConnect account at least once a month. New users join every week.

Useful Guides for Mentees

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To Be Your Best, Choose Your Heroes and Learn From a Mentor - Jeff Olson (Entrepreneur.com)
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FAQ for Mentees

WHAT DO I DO IF MY MENTOR REQUEST IS NOT BEING ANSWERED?

Mentors are quite busy and may receive hundreds of emails a day. As a general rule, follow up three times before approaching a different mentor. Make sure to follow up through a different route as well, if previously agreed with your mentor (phone, text message, etc). If, after the third approach, you do not get a reply, please let the Alumni and Development Office know and they will advise on the appropriate next steps.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT FOR MENTORS AND MENTEES? HOW MANY HOURS A MONTH?

Typically, two hours a month for mentees for the duration of the mentoring relationship.

WHAT IS THE EXPECTED RELATIONSHIP DURATION?

The recommended duration of a mentoring relationship is six to nine months or at least six meetings. This gives enough time for the mentor and the mentee to set up objectives, work on them and review them before moving on. However, mentoring relationships can also last for a very short period of time, or for a year or more. It is up to the mentor and the mentee to agree initial objectives and an expected duration at the outset of their relationship, and reassess these targets as their relationship progresses.

HOW DO I END A MENTORING RELATIONSHIP IF IT IS NOT WORKING?

Although it may be intimidating, knowing when to stop a mentoring relationship is a very important element of mentoring. It is essential to communicate the desire to end the mentoring relationship – never cease contact without making clear the reasons for doing so. Wherever possible, it is best to end a mentoring relationship as early as possible. Make sure to use early exchanges to get to know your mentor, share experiences and set objectives.

Sign up to CatzConnect

If you would like any further information on being a mentee on the CatzConnect platform, please contact the Alumni and Development Office: alumni@caths.cam.ac.uk.

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Alumni & Development Office
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