Become a Mentor
Dons Helping Dons
How it works!
- Update or create your LinkedIn profile!
- Search and join the group Dons Helping Dons.
- Start reaching out to your potential mentor! (Either through discussions on the homepage or use “advanced search” in the “members” section to explore our pool of over 1,881 members until you find your perfect mentor match!)
- Once you have found your potential mentor, feel free to use this template to message your future mentor:
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?
- Remember that you can reach out to alumni by posting on the discussion board. For example:
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.
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.