The Mentor program is designed to link students with an advocate from the profession who will provide honest insights as students explore and evaluate their potential career and educational options.
This program aims to assist AUB students in choosing their graduate career paths and facilitating their placement process. It also provides guidance on their future profession through sharing their valuable insights with their mentors.
Steps for Participation:
Step 1: Registration: Fill out the registration forms and create your profile:Registration For Mentees: https://careers.aub.edu.lb/Login Registration For Mentors: https://careers.aub.edu.lb/Account/AlumniRegistration/Mentorship Step 2: Orientation: Attend the orientation sessionStep 3: Match: Mentees review the profile of potential Mentors to select a suitable match Step 4: Communicate: Mentor receives a request for Mentee Step 5: Follow-up: Mentor and Mentee get introduced to each other via email Step 6: Start: Mentor and Mentee start the mentoring process
To initiate a campus-wide online mentoring program that connects students with alumni in one-on-one relationships for career guidance and advice & assists in planning their future strategies to achieve their goals.
Mentoring: Mentoring is the passing on of skills, knowledge and wisdom from one person to another paving their path for success
Mentoring Program aims to:
A Mentor Is A Person Who…Career Development
To become a Mentor, you should be:
What are the Mentee Roles and Responsibilities:
To become a Mentee, you should be:
What are the Benefits of Having a Mentor?
What Is The Reward of Being A Mentor?
What Is Expected Of Me As A Mentor?
What Type of Commitment is Required?
The Mentor program runs at the beginning of every academic year, from October through September. The teams should communicate at least 2 hours/month, primarily through e-mail. Generally, the time commitment ranges from several hours per week to a few hours per month depending on the preferences of both the Mentee and the Mentor. It is up to the student and the Mentor to decide together what works best for them. The mentor and mentee agree on the type of their relationship in terms of time duration, topics discussed, etc.
During the Christmas, Easter, and summer vacations as well as semester break, teams are encouraged to arrange a site visit at the mentor's place of employment, if possible.
What Type of Communication is Recommended?
E-mail is the primary means of communication; therefore mentees and mentors must have regular access to their email accounts. Email can be less intimidating, gives mentor/mentee time to convey thoughts in a more articulate manner, and allows both to respond to each other as their schedule permits. It is strongly recommended that email correspondence is periodically supplemented with telephone conversations or face-to-face meetings, to further strengthen relationships.
Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is mentoring?Mentoring is a voluntary, long-term, one-on-one relationship between two individuals such as a student and an alumnus/a. The relationship is characterized by:· Respect and a commitment to personal growth· Mutual exchange· Interpersonal support
2. How is mentoring different from networking? Whereas networking focuses on developing contacts for professional purposes (informational interviews, job leads, etc.), mentoring describes a more comprehensive and long-term relationship that includes all aspects of career and personal development. 3. What distinguishes this program from Career Connect and other such programs? The goal of The Mentorship Program is to facilitate and encourage the development of long-term relationships between students and alumni. While the Career Connect Program is an excellent resource for one-time informational interviewing/networking and career advice, this program strives to provide students with personal, long-term alumni support to help them identify and pursue their career and personal interests. 4. How and when do I sign up for The Mentorship Program? Alumni: You can participate in the program by clicking the "REGISTER" button on the sidebar. Click Here to Register. You will need to confirm your alumni status before you can create an account. Once your alumni status has been confirmed, you will need to complete a profile by providing background information and selecting your personal mentoring preferences. During each mentoring round, students will have the chance to view your profile and request you as a Mentor. After being selected, you will be given the opportunity to accept the Mentee who has selected you as a Mentor. You will be notified by email when you have been matched with a Mentee. Students: You can register in the program at three times during the year: the beginning of the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Click Here to Register. You will need to complete a short form and attend an orientation before you can participate in the program. You will then be able to create an account on the website where you will be able to search for and request Mentors. Once a Mentor accepts you as a Mentee, you will be notified by email of the match. 5. How are the mentoring pairs made? After students enter their preferences (industry, personal interests, location, etc.), the software will automatically generate an anonymous list of alumni Mentors sorted according to how closely the alumnus/a matches students’ criteria. Students can then request a Mentor from this list. The Mentor will then have the opportunity to either accept or decline the request. 6. What types of activities might I be participating in as part of the Mentorship Program? It is up to the alumni Mentor and the student Mentee to decide what types of activities they will do together. Possible activities include asking a Mentor to review a resume or to provide guidance on how to maintain a good work-life balance. The program is designed to help compatible students and alumni find each other. The actual nature of the mentoring relationship, however, will be up to students and alumni to determine and develop individually. For ideas on activities, please contact the Career and Placement Services, Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Maryam Ghandour at email@example.com or office direct landline +961-1-744488 or AUB internal extension 3172. 7. What should I do once I have been paired with an alumnus/a or a student? We ask the student to make the first contact after the alumnus/a accepts the mentoring request. Our hope is that you will be able to arrange to “meet” each other early in the relationship via phone, Skype, or face-to-face, so you can get to know each other’s general interests, significant people or events, and likes and dislikes. At the end of the meeting, we ask that the Mentor and Mentee agree on a schedule of meetings and related mentoring activities going forward. 8. How much time will be involved in the mentoring relationship? We ask both the Mentor and student to commit to a minimum of two hours per month. Generally, the time commitment ranges from several hours per week to a few hours per month depending on the preferences of both the Mentee and the Mentor. It is up to the student and the Mentor to decide together what works best for them. 9. For students: Why was I declined? Please don’t take it personally. There are all sorts of reasons why your requested alumnus/a might have declined that have nothing to do with your profile or interests. It may be, for example, that it is an especially busy time for the alumus/a or that the alumus/a does not think that the two of you would be a good fit. Do not get discouraged. Just go back into the system and search for and request another Mentor. 10. For mentors: Why haven't I been requested yet? Please don’t take it personally. It may be that there are no students looking for Mentors with your specific background and experience at this time. We do not match Mentors with students. We instead leave it up to the students to request Mentors who are in our database using specific search criteria. It is important, therefore, to make sure your profile is complete. To update your profile, contact the Career and Placement Services, Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Maryam Ghandour at firstname.lastname@example.org or office direct landline +961-1-744488 or AUB internal extension 3172. 11. How long should I expect to remain in this mentoring relationship? The formal mentoring relationship lasts for an academic semester. At the end of the semester, our online system will automatically terminate the pairing so that students can search for new Mentors and alumni have the opportunity to work with different Mentees. This does not mean, however, that the mentoring relationship has to end. Our hope is that Mentors and Mentees will continue their relationships on an informal basis beyond the end of the formal agreement period. 12. Can I request more than one Mentor at a time? The program is designed to help students establish a one-on-one long-term relationship with a Mentor. We have found that the best way to achieve this goal is for students to work with only one Mentor at a time. 13. What if there is a problem with my mentoring relationship? If you are experiencing any problems in your relationship or have any questions, please contact us so we can help. Contact the Career and Placement Services, Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Maryam Ghandour at email@example.com or office direct landline +961-1-744488 or AUB internal extension 3172. We would like to have the opportunity to work with you to improve the relationship if there are any problems. 14. What if I have not yet decided on a major or a career? Can I work with more than one Mentor? We’ve found that students who have a fairly clear idea of their future career goals going into the program are able to benefit the most from the experience. We also understand, however, that a good mentoring relationship can help students identify and clarify their career goals. This is why although we only match students with one Mentor at a time, students have the option of working with a different Mentor at a later date. 15. Why is my specific occupation not listed? Why is the occupation that I want to search for not listed? We have deliberately kept the occupation list short because too many choices can hamper the matching process. For instance, if the occupation list were more extensive, then there would be fewer matches for any specific occupation. Please select the occupation that is the closest match to your career field or your desired career field.
Student and Alumni Participant Information
The Mentorship Program (the “MP”) of the American University of Beirut (“AUB”) receives and collects personal identifiable information about students and alumni users (such as name, contact information, academic history, employment history, etc.) when students and alumni register for services, and will store such information in the files and in a password-protected section of the website of the AUB Alumni Relations Office (the “ARO”).
The ARO and any other groups affiliated with AUB that are facilitating or assisting with the provision of mentoring services to mentors or mentees may access some of the mentor and mentee personal information, and at times may send e-mail using communication tools on the site.
In addition, mentors and mentees may access some of the student and alumni personal information, and at times may send e-mail using communication tools on the site. In addition, alumni and students that use the MP will have access to some of the information provided by potential matches, for matching purposes. The MP and other organizations affiliated with AUB are not responsible for what students or alumni do with the personal information that is available or accessible through the MP or the ARO website.
While the MP endeavors to restrict access to the ARO website to participating alumni and students only, the MP cannot guarantee that other parties will not, without consent, gain access to the website. Mentorship Activities and Experiences
Students and alumni participating in the MP will design their own mentorship experiences. These experiences may include meetings, “job shadowing,” and other activities. AUB, the ARO, and the MP are not responsible for the way mentors and mentees interact, and cannot be held liable for any harm resulting from any activities engaged in by mentors and mentees. Sexual Harassment Policy
Persons who participate in the MP must comply with the applicable university policies, including AUB’s Policies Concerning Sexual and Other Discriminatory Harassment. Read More Technical IssuesRead More Final Disclaimer
The MP consists of AUB alumni volunteering their time to serve as mentors. Due to the volunteer structure of the MP, we cannot guarantee that the information shared is accurate and up to date. AUB, the ARO, and the MP cannot be held liable for any information shared in the MP section of the ARO website or by an MP volunteer. AUB, the ARO, and the MP are not responsible for the way mentors and mentees interact.
If you are interested to participate in the Mentor/Mentee program, please fill the registration form below.
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For any inquiries about the Mentee Program, contact the Career and Placement Services, Office of Student Affairs, Dr. Maryam Ghandour at firstname.lastname@example.org or office direct landline +961-1-744488 or AUB internal extension 3172.
For any inquiries about the Mentor Program, contact the Alumni Relations Office, Ms. Sirine Ghalayini at email@example.com
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