The Benedictine University Mentorship Program strives to support students throughout their time on campus and beyond. The program is designed as a one-on-one 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. The Benedictine University Mentorship Program is a collaborative program developed by the Office of Alumni Development and the Career Development Center.
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.
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.