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How to Engage with Mentors

A mentoring relationship is a learning and development partnership between two people, typically a more experienced person (mentor) and less experienced person (mentee). The relationship can last days, weeks, semesters, or even years depending on the goals and experiences of the people in it. Here at Drew, we hope that you will make your way through your Launch experience with a network of mentors ranging from alums to on-campus employment supervisors, to internship supervisors.

Mentors and mentees discuss topics like personal and professional decisions, explorations of major, grad school, career or service paths, and ways to navigate college, a career and life after Drew. You are encouraged to seek out mentors everywhere you go! You can find mentors in the mentors page under the Explore Opportunities tab, or in the filtered mentor section of any career community or identity/affinity community of your interest under the Find your Communities tab. Once you’ve identified the mentor(s) with whom you want to connect, Launchpad will authenticate you in Drew Connect, where you’ll be able to request interacting with the mentor(s) you’ve selected.

You should be working to build this network of mentors during your entire Drew experience!

Expectations

  • Gain and receive invaluable insights on a wide range of subjects
  • Accelerate your professional development and growth, while expanding your personal and professional network
  • Cultivate communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills
  • Discover different perspectives from your mentor and receive constructive feedback about personal and/or professional development issues you are facing
  • Gain resources and tools to solve workplace issues/conflicts

How to Break the Ice

  • Sample Starting Questions

    • What university did you go to? (If not Drew)
    • Why did you choose Drew?
    • Tell me about your university experience?
    • Where did you grow up?
    • What do you value in life?
    • What do you want to learn to do better?
  • Types of Questions to Ask & Develop Your Relationship With Your Mentor

    • What is your educational and professional background?
    • What do you like/dislike about your job and why?
    • What types of companies/organizations might employ someone to do this type of work?
    • How did you decide to get into the field and what steps did you take to enter the field?
    • What should I do to best prepare myself for a job in this field?
    • What suggestions do you have for someone wishing to enter this field?
    • What skills and background are needed to get into this field?
    • What is the salary range for a person starting out in this field?
    • What personal qualities do you feel are most important in your work and why?
    • What are the tasks you do in a typical workday and could you describe them?
    • What type of issues/stress do you experience on the job?
    • What are the most significant changes facing your field/organization?
    • What are the trends/issues to be aware of in the field?
    • What is the job outlook in this field?
    • What related occupations might I investigate?
    • Is advanced education beneficial in this field?
    • Are there professional publications or organizations with which I should be familiar?
    • Can you recommend additional people for me to talk to?

More Questions?

The information here isn’t exhaustive, so feel free to reach out to the Career Center if you have any other questions or need additional tips!

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