Who is an SJCmentee?
A passionate and dedicated SJC student or alumnus who is exploring careers, is in career transition or has questions about graduate school.
Why Be An SJCmentee?
- Gain first-hand experience and knowledge
- Exchange contacts with professionals in your field of interest
- Get hands on real work experience during potential internships/shadowing
- Have your portfolio (resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, etc.) reviewed by an industry professional for insights you won’t get anywhere else
- Practice interview skills and receive coaching on articulating your skills
- Meet other program participants at annual SJCmentor events
- Connect with the vibrant life of Brooklyn or Long Island
How Do You Become An SJCmentee?
Interested students and alumni must fill out a short inquiry form online. Submissions are accepted throughout the year. Within one week of receiving the inquiry, the Offices of Alumni Engagement and Career Development will set up a required mentee orientation meeting to provide a program overview and guidelines, and discuss the resources and services available to SJCmentees. Counseling and career services will be offered throughout the program to assist mentees in their professional development and career growth.
How are mentoring matches made?
Based on information acquired through personal interviews with potential mentors and mentees and matching criteria that includes professional interests, hobbies/values, and location, mentees are paired with appropriate mentors. A match notification is sent by SJCmentor staff along with program information, guidelines, and resources.
Mentees can only have one mentor at a time. A transitional mentor may be assigned in lieu of or until a formal match is made in order to initiate the mentoring process and make sure the mentee receives ongoing guidance and support.
What are expected of SJCmentees?
- Reach out to their mentor within one week of receiving the match notification and set monthly meetings thereafter to discuss their goals, objectives, and progress. Appropriate topics of discussion are issues of current concern to the profession, the job market, career goals, career tracks, types of businesses, management issues, and quality of life issues in the profession.
- Identify specific areas of focus to work on with their mentors to achieve their goals and track their activities, progress and what they have learned from the experience
- Respect the time and availability of their mentors and respond to communications in a timely manner.
- Help SJCmentor staff support the program by completing evaluation surveys at the end of the program.
- SJCmentor is not meant to serve as a job placement program. Do not ask for a job. You may ask your mentor for a reference if you have spent ample time with them and you feel they know you well.
How Long Is The Program?
While the mentoring relationship is formally tracked by the College for one calendar year, we encourage mentoring pairs to continue thriving together and carry their collaborative relationship beyond the program’s guidelines.