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CatzConnect: Tips for Mentors

What does Being a Mentor Entail?

As a mentor on CatzConnect, you will give advice and share your professional experiences with alumni and/or current students. You will get requests from potential mentees, and you can accept or decline these requests. The typical time commitment for being a mentor is one hour a month. You can offer the following mentoring services, choosing from the following list:

  • Advice by email and/or telephone
  • Review and CV and/or application
  • Face-to-face meetings and/or workplace visits
  • Work shadowing and/or work experience
  • An internship or job

Mentoring Essentials

  • CatzConnect launched in January 2019. More students and alumni will join the platform every week. Please do not get discouraged if you do not receive a mentoring request right away – wait a while because traffic on CatzConnect will increase over time.
  • Add a profile picture, your location and your current business details, and make sure that you have activated your mentoring profile as well as your directory account.
  • Provide mentees with different contact options – a phone number as well as email address.
  • Do an inventory of your experiences. Which will be of greatest relevance to potential mentees? What do know that will be of value to them?
  • Consider online meetings via Skype or FaceTime.
  • Consider getting a mentor as well, no matter what stage you are in your career.

Useful Guides to Mentoring

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FAQ for Mentors

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE NOT RECEIVED ANY MENTORING REQUESTS?

CatzConnect is always changing and new people join every week, so a request can be made at any time. The information on your profile, including your professional history, is already useful and inspiring to those on the platform. Students and recent graduates do not always contact mentors, but do scroll through profiles to get ideas on professional pathways and achievements of St Catharine’s alumni.

If you have a specific requirement or offer for mentees then let the Alumni and Development Office know so that we are able to match you to a student or recent graduate if the opportunity arises.

WHAT IS THE TIME COMMITMENT?

Typically, one hour a month 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 mentee, share experiences and set objectives.

WHAT DO I DO IF MY MENTEE IS NOT ANSWERING MY MESSAGES?

If it has been a week and a mentee has not replied, please follow-up, using an alternative contact method if available. If there is still no answer then please let the Alumni and Development Office know so we can advise you on next steps.

Sign up to CatzConnect

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

 

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