A mentor is a professional guide. A resource who paves the way to success, and derives satisfaction from helping others succeed. Your role as mentor is to inspire, encourage, and support your mentee, and to contribute to their professional and personal development.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is mentoring? AMP mentoring is the development of a voluntary, one-on-one mentorship between a student (mentee) and an alumnus or professional (mentor) for the purpose of strengthening career development. Please note that as a participant of AMP you agree to AMP's Mentor Code of Conduct which is now included in the Terms and Conditions viewable via the link at the bottom of every page of the AMP website.
- Who are AMP mentees? Mentees are juniors, seniors and graduate students from all majors. They are students who are eager for career guidance and advice. They often need encouragement and support as they explore career opportunities and learn how to manage their time with academics, work, commuting, family, friends and extracurricular activities.
- When will I be matched? AMP runs twice a year during the fall (Aug – Dec) and spring (Jan – May) semesters. Typically students request a mentor during the first 6 weeks each semester, just prior to the AMP Networking event. Once a student requests you as their mentor and you accept their request you are matched and can begin working with your mentee. If you haven't been matched, we will try to automatically match with a student which is in an effective and efficient way to connect you by using the information in both of your profiles, specifically career interests and industry.
- How long will the commitment be? We recommend spending two hours together a month, for a total of eight hours during the semester, which can include phone calls, video conferencing, face-to face meetings, attending AMP events, professional networking events or informational interviews with mentor referrals. The mentor and mentee decide at the end of the semester how they want to conclude or continue along with the mentorship.
- How are mentoring pairs made?
Once a student completes their application, they can search the mentor database and send you a request to be matched. You will have the option to review the request before you accept it. Matches are based on an algorithm comparing the student's responses to your responses which has assisted the student in selecting you. A "perfect match" is not always possible so your flexibility is appreciated. Students may request 2 mentors at a time and once matched to a mentor, the second mentor request will be automatically withdrawn. If you do not respond within 4 days of the request it will be closed so the student can select another available mentor. Students are eagerly awaiting your response and cannot be matched until you have accepted or declined the request. Your prompt response is appreciated.
- What am I expected to discuss with my mentee? Mentors should work with their mentee to determine expected goals and what kind of support will be most useful—specific feedback related to finding jobs, general career advice, information on graduate school, technical information, professional expectations etc.
- What if I don't get matched? Mentors who are not matched during a particular semester will be invited to participate in other Career Services hosted events throughout the year (e.g., information sessions, workshops, employer panels, etc) and will be automatically re-enrolled for future semesters.
- I am a mentoring a student with a disability. What resources are available to assist me? Contact Diane Marin, Alumni and Career Development, who will be able to connect you with resources to assist you: firstname.lastname@example.org or 619-594-5049.
- I am mentoring a veteran. What resources are available to assist me? Contact James Tarbox, Executive Director, who will be happy to assist you: email@example.com or 619-594-4379.
- I am mentoring an international student who is asking about a work visa.
AMP is not designed to help a mentee get a work visa. If your mentee has questions regarding employment visas or off campus employment, please direct your mentee to the International Student Center to speak with an immigration advisor at 619-594-1982.
- If you are experiencing any concerns in your mentorship or have questions, please contact us immediately so we can support you. If the match isn't working and/or if you need support, be sure to contact us rather than waiting until after the semester is over to voice your concerns. Email Diane Marin at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 619-594-5049. The Career Services office is located at Student Services East, Room 1200.
Sign up to be a Mentor!
Share your expertise with students during the Spring 2019 semester. Students register and request a mentor Jan 14 - Feb 22.
- Spring 2019 students register and request a mentor Jan 14-Feb 22
- AMP Talk & Networking Event Feb 27, 5:30-7:30pm at SDSU
- Commit to at least two interactions/hours of support per month to proactively get to know your mentee.
- Model best practices for time management while remaining flexible.
- Arrange and maintain frequent contact through email, telephone, video conferencing or face-to-face providing a safe and professional learning environment.
- Establish open and honest communication to talk about concerns, ask questions and provide constructive feedback. Respond to communication within a timely manner.
- Be a good listener. Help build self-confidence, provide professional experiences and offer encouragement.
- Avoid offering advice on everything you know, rather tailor it towards the goals established up front.
- Encourage your mentee to be dependent upon you for career advice.
- Be too busy to provide guidance or support. If you do not have time, let your mentee know the best time and method to reach you.
- Share your personal problems or engage in inappropriate or unprofessional behavior.
- Unjustifiably criticize.