Skule Alumni Mentorship Program 20-21

Alumni Mentorship Program

Overview

Since 2005, the Alumni Mentorship Program has fostered valuable relationships between Skule™ alumni and students. Alumni Mentors share their knowledge and experience and provide students with the encouragement and insights they need to get a great start to their careers and begin to set a course for the future. They enhance students’ educational experience and give back to their alma mater in a unique and rewarding way. Mentors often also learn from their bright young student mentees as they help them navigate important decisions at a critical time in their lives.

The program is open to undergraduate (including Professional Experience Year internship participants), graduate students (MASc, MEng and PhD) and alumni who graduated more than one year ago. Matches meet at the program’s kick-off event held at the beginning of the fall semester. From October through March, mentors and mentees connect informally as they wish, and all matches gather at several program events planned throughout the year.

How it Works

Alumni are welcome to join the AMP at any time. Mentors who are not matched with a mentee formally in October will be called upon over a dozen times throughout the year for one-off events related to mentoring students in a professional development setting.

Students next chance to join the formal AMP will occur again in September 2020.

All participants are required to be a member U of T Engineering CONNECT.

 

Be a Student Mentee

  1. Register for the September 16th Virtual Information Session.  The session will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.
  2. Apply to seek admission to the AMP before September 23
  3. Read the Mentee Handbook
  4. Wait to receive the news of your approval into the program by September 25 at 5:00pm
  5. Following your offer of acceptance, join the ‘’Alumni Mentorship Program Group’’ within U of T Engineering CONNECT
  6. Explore CONNECT using the Directory. In the ”Affiliations” filter, select ”Formal Alumni Mentor’ to begin your search for a match.
  7. Ask one, two or three alumni in that category to be your formal match by selecting the “Request Mentor” button on their profile page. Write an efefctive message to them to ask for the connection for AMP.
  8. Register for the ‘Kick Off Event’ taking place October 10
  9. Note the program calendar commitments displayed below. unable to attend in person? Select events will be live streamed.  Notifications will be sent out prior.

What is next?

  1. All year long, with at least seasonal frequency: Update your CONNECT profile – add in some new details about yourself; post a brief description of your experience, background and interests.
  2. Between now and October 10, search the Directory in CONNECT to research and consider which alumni in the ‘Affiliation’ filter of the Directory labelled as ”Formal Alumni Mentor” would be a positive match for you.  What could you learn from a variety of graduates and various professionals? Make a short list.  Pick one ”Formal Alumni Mentor”and select the “Request Mentor” button.  Allow for a time ”buffer” giving them reasonable time to reply within a business day or two. If they do not reply try them by another contact method (LinkedIn details in their account, direct email, CONNECT messaging system, etc…) If three days pass and there is no reply move on to the next ask.  Once an alumni accepts your requests, the ‘get-to-know-them’ stage begins. Share details about your work and goals, history and aspirations, and ask them questions about theirs.
  3. Meet face-to-face in person or via video conference with your mentor once a month.  Keep in touch via email, phone or social media
  4. Stay mindful of the dates on the AMP webpage (this page) – book mark it. Add the dates to your calendar.

Be an Alumni Mentor

  1. Join the ‘’Alumni Mentorship Program Group’’ within U of T Engineering CONNECT
  2. Register for the September 16 info session here
  3. Ensure your CONNECT profile has the box checked off that confirms you are ”willing to be a mentor”
  4. Read the Mentor Handbook
  5. Note the program calendar commitments displayed below. All events will be either livestreamed or recorded. We welcome all alumni regardless of their geographic location.

What is next?

  1. Update your CONNECT profile – add in some new details about yourself; post a brief description of your experience, background and interests.
  2. Between now and October 10, student mentees will formally request mentorship of you.  Accepting their request will be your commitment to the program and to their learning outcomes for 2019-20. You are welcome to take on more than one mentee if you wish to.  The committee recommends accepting one if this is your first year participating.  Stay tuned to your inbox and accept or decline requests for mentorship within 48 hours or sooner. The students are being instructed by us to move on to another alumni mentor if it has been over 3 business days.
  3. Meet in person or via video conference with your student mentee once a month.  Keep in touch via email, phone or social media

Resources

September Info Session Event: Watch the recording HERE (Coming soon!)

Review the slide deck from the September 16 Info Session HERE

Student mentees apply to the AMP program HERE

Watch future live streaming of alumni events at:
http://periscope.tv/UofTSkuleAlumni

Program Calendar

Wednesday, September 16 | 6:30 p.m.

Alumni Mentorship Program Information Session

This event will be hosted virtually online. Register here today!

October 7, 2020 | 6:30 p.m.

Alumni Mentorship Program Kickoff Event: Meet your mentor/mentee online, and network with fellow alumni and students

Location: This event will be hosted virtually online. Register here today!

October 2020 through December 2020

October 28, 2020 – Improving Communication virtual event

November 18, 2020 – Developing Confidence virtual event

More details on these events to be shared at the October 1 Kick Off event.

 


2020-21 Program Committee

Luigi LaCorte, Program Chair, CivE 1T4+PEY

Maxwell Gyimah, AMP Student Body President, MechE 2T2

Steve Radbourn Faculty Liaison, Office of Advancement 416-978-4274

Sonia De Buglio, Director of Alumni Relations

Sarah Steed, Online Alumni Engagement and Marketing Strategist

events@engineering.utoronto.ca


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