Guide for Student Mentors

Guide for Student Mentors

The King’s College Monarch Mentor Program is a platform that allows students, alumni, and professionals to connect. Students make their own connections, and there are no formal requirements or time commitments to participate.

How it Works

Before joining the group, consider what you are seeking in a mentor.

For instance:

  • Are you exploring new career fields, and want to consult briefly with a variety of professionals?
  • Are you looking to build a long-term relationship with an established professional?
  • Do you prefer e-mail, phone, or face-to-face contact?

It's best to have a clear goal to pitch to potential mentors.

PLEASE NOTE: As a mentee, you are responsible for initiating contact with potential mentors.

For the best results:

  • Fill in your LinkedIn profile, and make sure it's publicly viewable so that potential mentors can read your profile. Make sure to check LinkedIn for messages on a regular basis.
  • Use the search function in the King’s College Monarch Mentors subgroup to search for job titles, companies, or industries that interest you.
  • Consider your potential mentor's profile. What would you like to learn from him or her? What is the best way to sustain a relationship?
  • Contact your potential mentor with a brief, professional message outlining your educational and employment background, goals, and what you hope to gain from a mentor. See our sample message below as a template.

Keep in mind:

Finding a mentor is like finding a job: it's important to find the right fit. When a mentor responds, it's okay to ask questions about their work experiences, background, and expertise. Be prepared for them to ask the same about you!

The Three Ps for Mentees of the Monarch Mentors Program

  • Patience: Remember that mentors are top professionals who may need to schedule meetings and phone calls weeks in advance.
  • Professionalism: Mentees should contact only one potential mentor at a time. Please do not spam our volunteer mentors.
  • Persistence: If it doesn't work out with one professional, try again! New members join the group every week.

Tutorial:

For more information on how to best utilize LinkedIn, please review these videos on the website Social Media ReInvention.

Contact:

If you need assistance on how to create a powerful profile, connect with potential mentors/alumni, or information on optimizing your LinkedIn brand, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Career Planning at (570) 208-5874.

Sample Message to Request Mentorship
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