Frequently Asked Questions
- What does mentoring involve? As a mentor, you will help connect and support a student who is pursuing a career in a high-demand field. You begin by building rapport with a student, and then focus on their professional development and career goals. You will enjoy the opportunity to share lessons learned and obstacles overcome throughout your own journey. Interaction will take place via the mentoring platform; through virtual meetings, email, instant messaging, and other web-related tools. Face-to-face meetings may be arranged (e.g., job shadows, site visits).
- What is the time commitment? Mentors are expected to interact with their mentee at least once or twice per month (1-2 hrs./mo.). Ultimately, the commitment depends on the agreement you establish. Interaction will occur more frequently at the onset of the relationship.
- Do I need to have prior mentoring experience? No. Prior mentoring experience is not an expectation. You also shouldn’t worry about not having enough computer or social media skills. Ample training and support will be provided.
- How long will the mentoring commitment be? The best answer here is: it depends. While we ask that mentors commit to mentoring a student through the conclusion of the academic year, it would be most ideal if a mentor was available through the duration of their degree program and into job placement. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we do understand and ask at least one month's notice in order to match the student with another mentor from a similar background.
Be a Mentor.
Share your knowledge and experience with a student. Help develop a future ready workforce for Iowa.
- Commit to mentoring a student through the end of the academic year, graduation, and/or job placement (e.g., May 2021)
- Communicate with your mentee on a biweekly or monthly basis, depending on the agreement you establish (1-2 hrs./mo.)
- Connect mentee with work-related learning and professional development experiences
- Guide mentee in developing and executing college-to-career goals
- Empower mentee (build confidence) and model a positive attitude toward education and work
- Keep information that your mentee has shared with you confidential
- Be open to sharing what you have learned throughout your own journey, including stories of both surviving and thriving
- Provide feedback to the program manager by responding to a series of surveys distributed throughout the duration of the experience
- At least 2 years of experience in your field
- Complete an application, including a criminal background check
- Be motivated to guide and support students (no prior mentoring experience is necessary)