How it works!
1.Create or update your LinkedIn Profile.
2.Both students and alumni join the LinkedIn Group "USF: Dons Helping Dons"
3.Connect with students/alumni who share similar career or academic interest.
4. Set up a time to meet over coffee, email, a phone call or Skype!
How to create a LinkedIn account
- Have a LinkedIn Account? If not, here are some helpful tips to get you started.
- Own a profile that truly represents you. List your current and past positions & education along with your tenure there. This helps the right people find you.
- Add a profile photo– people never forget a face!
- Add a summary paragraph. Think of it as your professional elevator pitch.
- Connect with current USF students and alumni by simply joining the "USF: Dons Helping Dons" page on the LinkedIn.
Tips for Mentors
- Encourage your mentee to be candid about what he/she hopes to gain from the experience. Please note that it is not a mentor's responsibility to find employment for a student.
- As a mentor you have the opportunity to help someone develop academically and professionally. Even if you don't think you have a lot of experience, you do have a lot to offer because you have "been there - done that." You don't have to be a teacher, or a parent, just a good listener and a friend.
- How much time you commit to mentoring is up to you. You can decide how many mentees you accept and how much time you dedicate to each student.
- Mentors can provide the benefit of their knowledge and experience to help students achieve their educational and professional goals.
- As an alumni mentor, you gain a sense of accomplishment and pride from having helped a future colleague and member of the Dons family. Students gain a valuable source of advice and guidance while navigating the rigors of college.
Students, begin connecting with alumni by using this template!
My name is ________. I am connecting with you because we are both in the Dons Helping Dons Group. I am interested in a future career in _____. Are you free to talk?
Tips for Mentees
- Ask for specific advice and be receptive to input. Consider the perspective others offer you, even if it is not what you want to hear.
- Evaluate feedback and advice. You don’t need to do everything your mentor says. Strategies and behaviors that work for your mentor may not work for you.
- Act on advice that fits for you.
- Be considerate. Be prompt to meetings. If you need to reschedule, give your mentor plenty of advance notice (at least 24 hours). Recognize that your mentor is busy, and respect his or her time.
- Be prepared. Respect your mentor’s limited time and come to meetings prepared and organized. Write down your list of questions.
- Maintain confidentiality. Your mentoring relationship is a personal one. You need to establish with your mentor the degree to which this advice is kept confidential.
- Express appreciation. Let your mentor know when he/she has helped you, and express appreciation for this guidance. Be aware of what you have to give back to the relationship.