The Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program pairs students and alumni with similar career interests with each other, both on campus at the annual Homecoming Spartan Sponsors Mentor Program meeting and throughout the year with phone calls and email. The connections made are a win-win, broadening the student’s perspectives and allowing practicing professionals to share insights and “give back” in a way that can help a young person start down a path to success.
Once alumni and students are paired, they are invited to attend the Homecoming kickoff event. If that is impossible, mentorship can still continue by phone or email as often as alumni schedules permit – and of course, alumni are invited to visit campus anytime. The mentor relationship lasts one school year. Alumni may choose to continue their mentoring relationship across consecutive years, or they can be paired with someone new each year.
The deadline to sign up for both alumni and students is October 1 of each year. There is a mandatory training session for students before they are paired with a mentor.
There are practical benefits, certainly. Your contact with students who have chosen to be part of the mentoring program can also be a recruiting tool. Moreover, you can help students learn more about your segment of the industry. You will meet and get to know students who will graduate and seek positions in companies like yours. But even more, you may find that what you give away in expertise, wisdom and time is returned to you many times over in the knowledge that you have helped to direct and influence an industry leader of tomorrow.
Simply fill out the online form for alumni on this page, and SIRC will match you to your student and tell you how to get started.
Questions, questions and more questions. The goal of the program is for the students to gain knowledge about the industry and their career paths by learning from YOU!! They may ask you to help them with their resumes. They might want to know more about your own career. They might need help understanding possible career options. Or they might ask about handling specific job-related situations. They might even ask you about proper attire in interviews. You have tremendous industry experience that students can benefit from.
Read the advice we give to students about conversations they might have with you and when. This information may be useful for you to know as you and your student make contact.
Include in your biography your career path: where you started, how you moved up and how you decided that the career you chose was right for you. Or you might give a detailed description of what your current position entails. The idea is to give the students a basic understanding of where you’ve been and what you are doing, so they know what they can ask you. For instance, if you have lived in 17 states, mention it. If you are a working mother, mention it. The more you share, the better.
Just call the SIRC office at (517) 353-9747 or email us and we will be happy to help you!
It is an easy and effective way to learn about the industry, make career contacts, explore and get possible internships and permanent positions, and to network, network, network!
Fill out the online form for students, and SIRC will match you to your Spartan Sponsor mentor and tell you how to get started.
Most of all, be gracious, enthusiastic and eager to learn, and your conversations will come naturally!
In your first contact with your Spartan Sponsor mentor, consider asking the following kinds of questions:
Contact the SIRC office via phone at (517) 353-9747 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will be happy to help you!