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Benedictine University Mentorship Program (B.U.M.P.)

Welcome Weekend Students

The Benedictine University Mentoring Program (B.U.M.P.) strives to support students throughout their time on campus and beyond.  The program is designed as a one-on-one or small group interaction between a mentor and his or her mentee(s) that ultimately progresses to regular interaction based on each individual situation, needs of the student(s) and availability of the mentor. B.U.M.P. is a collaborative program developed by the Office of Alumni Development and the Career Development Center.

What is mentoring? 

Mentoring has been defined in many different ways, but it is essentially a system of semi-structured guidance where one person shares their knowledge and offers advice to assist others to grow in their own lives, both personally and professionally.  Mentoring involves passing on one’s knowledge, insight and experience in a particular area or situation. It’s about motivating and empowering another person to identify their goals and helping them to find ways of reaching them.

What’s in it for you? The benefits of being a mentor:

Mentoring is voluntary but extremely rewarding and can benefit your own skills and development. Mentoring gives you the opportunity to guide Benedictine students and help them navigate the sometimes rough waters of transitioning from student to young professional. The knowledge and skills you can offer, your desire to help them succeed and the support you can give them will make a tremendous difference in their personal and professional growth. Being a mentor takes time and dedication, but it can help you practice active listening and motivation techniques and allows you to give back to the Benedictine community in a meaningful, rewarding way.

The Basics: 

  • Mentoring begins with a Get Connected Meet & Greet on the Benedictine University campus in Lisle, where mentors and mentees have the chance to sit down and learn more about each other. This is meant to serve as an informal, get-to-know-you session where students can ask questions, mentors can hear more about the student’s interests and they can start building a relationship with one another. 
  • By participating in events, meeting with one another and discussing career-related topics, mentors and mentees earn points toward a professional development certificate. The number of points earned also determines the level of certificate each pair receives: gold, silver or bronze.
  • Mentors and mentees are expected to keep in contact with each other on a monthly basis, whether that’s through e-mail, phone calls or face-to-face meetings. 
  • Mentors and mentees are encouraged to attend Benedictine University events together (including networking events, monthly webinars, etc.) and are required to attend two events over the course of a year in order to be eligible to earn a professional development certificate through the program. 

Getting Started: 

To sign up as a mentor through B.U.M.P., simply fill out the form below. As students who are interested in your particular field or major sign up for the program, you’ll be contacted by the Office of Alumni Development to schedule a Get Connected Meet & Greet with you and the prospective mentee(s).

 

Can’t commit to being a mentor? Consider looking into our other career-related volunteer opportunities, including: 
  • Informational Interviews 
  • Résumé Critiques 
  • Networking Events 
  • Job Shadowing 
  • Internships/Externships 
  • & more! 
To learn more about these activities and what’s involved, visit the Career Development Center webpage for detailed descriptions and examples. 

Contact Trente Arens in the Office of Alumni Development to volunteer.
 
Don't live in the area? You can sign up to be a virtual mentor! Please check the appropriate box in the form below.

B.U.M.P. Mentor Interest Form

   
   
   
 
 
Office of University Development

Benedictine University

Krasa Center, Room 175
M-F 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.