Find a Mentor

 

FIND A MENTOR

Join GCU Connect any time, and give your career a helping hand. Sign-up is quick and easy, simply log in via your LinkedIn or Facebook profile, or email

  • Search for a GCU graduate who you would like to connect with
  • Over 5K graduates willing to give industry advice
  • All ages, industries, career stages and all over the world
  • Drop them a line, ask a simple question, arrange a meeting, get advice. You choose.

BE A MENTOR

Are you a graduate of GCU at any stage of your career who might be willing to help or advise another graduate or current student?

Sign up to GCU Connect and select the ways in which you would like to help. Perhaps by offering advice on your industry, CV’s, or even the country where you work. Advice like this can be invaluable to students and graduates in earlier stages of their career and can be a mutually rewarding experience.

Find a Mentor

If you are a GCU student or graduate at any stage in your career it might be helpful for you to find a mentor. 

The Process

  • Sign up to GCU Connect
  • Click on ‘Mentoring’ from the left hand menu
  • Based on your GCU Connect profile information, suggested mentors for you will appear automatically.
  • Alternatively you can use the search functionality to find a mentor. You might wish to search by industry, organisation, location or more.
  • Once you’ve found a mentor, click ‘Request Mentoring’

 It’s that easy!

Plan

Once you connect with your mentor or mentee, consider:

  • What do you hope to gain from this?
  • Communication. What works best for the two of you? How do you plan to interact?
    In Person | Phone | Email | Skype, FaceTime, etc.
  • Mentorship area(s) of focus. Discuss and settle on the expectations that work for each of you.
    Offer advice | Help with CV | Interview guidance | Work shadowing | Work placement | Internship opportunity | Other
  • Commitment. What is the expected duration of your mentoring relationship?
    Three months | Six months | Ad hoc -start out and see how it goes
  • Frequency. How often during the agreed-upon time period would you like to meet, interact, or talk?
    Once per week | Every other week | Once a month | Ad hoc – start out and see how it goes

Tips for Mentees

  • Know what you're looking for. Think about why you have contacted your Mentor and what you would like to gain
  • Know what you are asking? Consider the questions you will ask and why. For example, these may be on your specific course or industry, the organisation the mentor works for, the country they work in, or perhaps more general advice about CV or interview tips.  
  • Manage expectations.  Plan, discuss, and set expectations early in the process. Don't enter into a mentoring relationship simply to network or land a job or internship. These can be perks of a mentorship, but should not be your ultimate end goal. Gaining insight, advice, and learning from others' experiences are the valuable outcomes from mentoring connections.
  • Be a resource.  Graduates may want to know about how things are going at the school or program they attended at GCU, have a child or relative interested in attending GCU, or plan to visit campus in the near future. Be available to point them in the right direction to help them get the information they need.
  • Say thank you.  Be sure to thank your mentor for his or her time. For example, you might relate what you learned from the mentoring relationship or how it helped you take the next step in your personal journey.

Tips for Mentors

  • Discuss, set, and agree to mutual expectations with your mentee.
  • Be committed.  Make sure you have the time and motivation to engage with your mentee.
  • Be proactive.  Often students can be shy and intimidated by the idea of reaching out to mentors. It can sometimes be helpful to guide them, perhaps by asking questions or offering advice such as work-life balance or how to set realistic goals and expectations for this phase of their career.
  • Get to know the person you're mentoring.  A personal touch makes conversations more interesting and rewarding. Offer feedback; for example, you might guide the mentee on how to improve their communication skills. Are they able to articulate and answer questions?
  • Tell stories. Share what you've learned from your past experiences with your mentee. Your experiences are invaluable. For example, describe your successes and challenges.
  • Be encouraging.  Challenge them to try new things rather than focusing too narrowly early on. Keep a positive attitude to help your mentee through challenges by giving him or her tips to help them keep their perspective. If you are mentoring a student, you've been there, too, and likely have a valuable perspective on what they're going through.