It is almost spring in Manhattan! This week students are enjoying their Spring Break and will return to campus next week.
Whether you have been working with your mentee for a year or just a month, regular communication is important to develop a good mentoring relationship. Keep in mind that it is your student’s responsibility to “drive” the relationship, including keeping in contact, setting meetings and deciding on topics of discussion. Help foster this by encouraging your mentee to take the lead. Here are a few other tips for mentors:
- Get to know your mentee and build trust, set goals and keep the relationship on track
- Encourage your mentee to seek out new opportunities and develop new skills
- Serve as a sounding-board and help guide your mentee’s decision-making on their path from student to working professional
- Provide constructive feedback to support professional and appropriate behavior of your mentee
Travel funds are now available for students to visit their mentors who reside 250 miles or more from Manhattan! This may provide an opportunity for job shadowing and learning more about the career field. Students may apply for travel funds via the mentoring program’s website under Additional Resources. Mentors will need to provide a statement of support for their mentee as well.
Finally, the Professional Mentoring Program will have a recognition reception to recognize you, your mentee, faculty and friends who have made the program possible. Please mark your calendars and RSVP for Friday, April 22, 2016 for Friday, April 22, 2016 from 4-6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Manhattan, KS. I hope many of you will be able to make it and attend with your mentees!
THANK YOU for your commitment to your students and the Professional Mentoring Program in Human Ecology. You are providing incredible value to students in their current lives and future careers!
Pamela Erickson, Director
March 14-18 – Spring Break (no classes)
April 22 – Professional Mentoring Program Recognition Reception