Mentorship

Who Can Participate?

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This mentoring platform is open to all alumni and students, no matter when you graduated or how far along you are in your careers, young and old, new and experienced.

The mission of the mentorship program

To establish a casual communication platform that will allow our alumni and students to seek out meaningful and lasting relationships with each other that will extend beyond campus walls.

Why participate?

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When you graduate, everyone says the world is at your fingertips, but sometimes you don’t even know where to begin. Our alumni have been in your shoes, so who better to ask?

Mentee: We have a robust network of alumni willing to share their wisdom and provide guidance. Let them help you prepare for the road ahead!

Mentor: We have plenty of recent graduates and students who could benefit from your advice and knowledge. This is an opportunity to give back to your alma mater by helping them succeed in the workforce.

Benefits

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  1. Increases value of your degree when fellow alumni succeed.
  2. Includes invitation to an exclusive Beer and Sausage Pairing event this Fall to mix and mingle.
  3. Awards you free tickets to attend University functions with your mentor/ mentee
  4. Provides opportunity for you to feel needed and helpful.
  5. Promotes a strong sense of community with the University.
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    How do I get started?

    Mentors

    1: When creating your profile, check the “Willing to Mentor” box.

    2: If you already have an account and you aren’t sure if you checked that box, follow these steps: - Open your profile
    - Click Update your profile
    - Under “Willing to Help”, check willing to be a mentor
    - Click Update

    3: Now you are searchable as a mentor. If you don’t want to wait for a fellow alum to solicit your help, and want to start mentoring right away, call Alumni Relations and we’ll help plug you into an opportunity.

    Mentees

    1. Simply search alumni in the Directory tab. Make sure to refine your search to include only those who are “Willing to mentor”.
    2. Open their profile and check out their bio. If you would like them as a mentor, click Request mentorship
    3. When you send your mentorship request, you will have an opportunity to include a message. Be sure to let them know what sort of guidance you need.

Frequently Asked Questions by Mentors

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    What is expected of me?

    We encourage you to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, email conversation, or even in person). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you can determine with your mentee(s). Our team will also be standing by to answer any questions you might have. Prior mentorship experience is not required.

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    How long is the commitment?

    The length of your commitment can be determined by you and your mentee(s). You are encouraged to continue mentoring as long as you are willing and able. If at any time you become too busy or need to end your commitment, please be courteous to your mentee(s) and let them know so there aren't any misunderstandings in communication.

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    How many people can I mentor at one time?

    We encourage you to mentor as many fellow alumni as you are able to, taken they are a good fit. The number of mentees you take on will be determined by how many solicit you for mentorship. If you only want to mentor one, you will want to unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box in your profile. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

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    What if I only want to mentor one person, but I keep getting more requests?

    Once you have approved your mentee(s) request for mentorship, you will want to unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box in your profile. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

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    Can I participate from anywhere or do I need to be local?

    You do not have to live in Detroit to participate. You can mentor by connecting with your mentee via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still be a great alumni mentor.

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    What if I don’t receive any requests for mentorship?

    We encourage you to complete your profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. This information will provide students with the best information to request mentorship. If you aren’t requested for mentorship through this program, Alumni Relations offers many opportunities to volunteer your time and expertise. Call 313-993-1540 and we can match you up with opportunities.

Frequently Asked Questions by Mentees

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    What is expected of me?

    We encourage you to connect with your mentor on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, email conversation, or even in person). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. This program is about building your professional network, personal development and gaining academic and career advice. This program is not a direct pipeline to a jobs or internships, though it can often help with opportunities in the future.

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    How long is the commitment?

    The length of your commitment can be determined by you and your mentor(s). You are encouraged to seek mentorship as long as you find it benefits you and your mentor(s). If you desire to end your commitment at any time, please be courteous to your mentor(s) and let them know so there aren’t any misunderstandings in communication.

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    How many mentors can I have?

    You are welcome to pursue as many mentors as you may need. You might find there are several alumni who can mentor you on differing subject matter. The most important thing is you are getting the guidance you need, no matter how many people it takes to help you along the way.

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    I requested mentorship but did not hear back, what do I do?

    We ask that you give your potential mentor enough time to respond, typically 2-3 days. Keep in mind it is likely they are busy with their professions and personal lives, so please be considerate of their time.

    If you do not receive a mentorship request acceptance within a week, you may send a follow-up message asking them if they received your request and would like to be your mentor. If at this point you do not hear back, please do not continue to follow up.

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    Can I participate from anywhere or do I need to be local?

    You do not have to live in Detroit to participate. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime.

Want to take your mentoring relationship to the next level?

The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as you and your mentor/mentee(s) see fit. Aside from connecting virtually, we want to provide opportunities for you to meet 1:1.

Once a year we will be hosting a Meet and Greet designed specifically as an opportunity for you to meet in person and share your feedback about the program with us. In addition to the Meet and greet, we will also waive the cost of any event registration fee or ticket costs if you’d like to meet up with your mentor/mentee(s) at an existing University event.

Upcoming events to consider:

  • Various Athletic events
  • Day of Service – April
  • Commencement Volunteering – May
  • Mentorship Meet and Greet/Beer and Sausage Pairing - August
  • Freshmen Orientation – Fall
  • Homecoming Weekend – Sept.
  • And any other events you deem worthy!