An article by Dr. Patricia Allen, food systems & society department chair, was selected for inclusion in a "best of" retrospective issue of the esteemed journal Gastronomica.
Mentoring is one of the most rewarding activities one can pursue. Mentoring relationships may be brief, in order to address an immediate need, or they can last a lifetime.
What do mentors do?
As a volunteer mentor, you will serve to fulfill the mission of the LinkedIn Marylhurst Mentor Group by connecting with students and/or alumni to support personal and professional growth.
You may connect with one or more mentees, based on your desired level of commitment.
The following tasks are basic services that volunteer mentors provide to mentees:
- Listen to mentee needs, ideas, dreams and concerns
- Share experiences, knowledge, networks and relevant professional expertise
- Celebrate mentee accomplishments
- Protect confidence by respecting needs for both openness and privacy
Learn about the five questions every mentor must ask.
Volunteer mentors provide specific experiences and expertise to mentees. The following list highlights the scope of what mentors may provide. Mentors can:
- Help define mentee career goals
- Identify skill requirements
- Suggest courses and internships
- Expand career ideas
- Introduce key individuals in field
- Leverage existing networks
- Suggest professional organizations
- Explore volunteer opportunities
- Share career-life balance experience
- Review resumes and cover letters
- Conduct informational interviews
- Analyze job markets
- Invite mentees to professional meetings
- Identify future course(s) of study
- Encourage job shadowing
- Offer mock job interviews
- Inspire other career development opportunities
When you begin service as a mentor, share your expertise and practical experience with your mentee. Together you can address specific career development tools and strategies that will help your mentee succeed!