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Benedictine University Mentorship Program

Welcome Weekend Students

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.

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? Benefits of Becoming 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

  • The program runs throughout the academic school year, fall through spring.
  • To prepare for the program, mentors will be required to attend a brief webinar which will provide an overview of the program and expectations.
  • A kick-off event will be held on the Benedictine University campus in Lisle, where mentors and mentees will meet in-person for the first time and learn more about each other. This event is held as an informal meeting where students can ask questions, mentors can hear more about the student’s interests and they can start building a relationship with one another.
  • 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.
  • Monthly newsletters will serve as a communication reminder and provide talking points, ideas for learning opportunities and a list of campus events that both mentees and mentors can participate in together.
  • A program reception will be held in April as a concluding recognition event and appreciation event for mentees and mentors.

Can’t Commit to Becoming 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 or complete the Volunteer Interest Form to volunteer.
 

We're happy to report we have received alumni mentors and student mentees for this year's Benedictine University Mentorship Program. Check back at a later date for the 2016-2017 mentor application form. 

Office of University Development

Benedictine University

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