Mentoring

Two students talking in Reynolda HallWe define mentoring as a purposeful and personal relationship in which a more experienced person (mentor) provides guidance, feedback, and wisdom to facilitate the growth and development of a less experienced person (mentee). Whether you’re hoping to find a mentor or to be a good mentor, we have opportunities for you to get involved and resources to support your mentoring relationship(s).

Check out the following programs and information to learn more.

Young Alumni Mentoring Groups

We started this program in DC and NYC in Fall 2013. Every other month, a group of 7-8 alumni in each city came together for facilitated conversation and meaningful connection about life and work. Since 2014, we have expanded to Boston, Charlotte, and Winston-Salem and now have alumni participants leading groups of their own. Sound like fun? You can start a group with your friends or colleagues!

If you would like more information on how to organize and lead a mentoring group, please contact Allison McWilliams, Director of the Mentoring Resource Center, at mcwillae@nullwfu.edu.

Alumni Mentoring Skills Program

We are offering an Alumni Mentoring Skills Program featuring courses on effective mentoring and coaching practices. In Spring 2017, we will be launching our first Introductory Mentoring Skills courses with the WAKECommunity in Washington, DC, WAKECommunity in Winston-Salem, and WAKECommunity in Raleigh, NC. Participants will learn about the roles and strategies effective mentors and mentees use in creating supportive developmental relationships.

Stay tuned for more information on this program in these locations and as we expand into other cities!

How to Find a Mentor

Some questions to ask yourself, before you ask someone to be your mentor: Why do you want them to be your mentor? What are you willing to do, as part of the mentoring relationship? What are your expectations for the mentoring relationship? Be as specific as possible. Only after you have specific answers to these questions should you approach them and ask if they are willing to engage in a formal mentoring relationship with you.

Looking for more information? Check out this guide on Tips for How to Find a Mentor.

Develop Your Mentoring Skill Set

If you are involved in a mentoring relationship, you should have a clear idea of why you’re in the relationship and what you would like to get out of it. Whether you are a mentee or mentor, we hope that your experience will allow you to grow, learn, and develop in several specific ways. Check out these Mentoring Learning Outcomes for mentees and mentors, which outline skill sets that you should work to develop during your mentoring relationship, along with strategies for how to achieve each learning goal.

Still looking for more tools and resources to support your growth as a mentor and/or mentee? Click here!