Who are the
The students are upperclassmen from the
University of Montevallo's undergraduate four colleges:
College of Arts & Sciences, Michael E. Stephens College
of Business, College of Education, College of Fine
Arts and Graduate Programs. Applicants are among Montevallo most
motivated students. To be admitted to the program,
the student's application must be reviewed and approved
by the Career Development Center.
Who are the
Mentors may be alumni from any of Montevallo's
undergraduate, graduate and/or professional schools.
Mentors may also be friends of the University or parents
of Montevallo's students. As such, mentors have a
unique understanding of the Montevallo experience and
a commitment to helping students achieve success.
Mentors must be at least three years out from graduation,
but otherwise range in age, experience, and realm of
expertise. Mentor professions include all areas.
What are the
goals of this program?
The goals are to:
- Act as a positive
role model and share insight into their
undergraduate experiences and career paths as adults
- Offer career
guidance and general professional advice
- Introduce students
to the alumni community and other members of the
larger Montevallo community
- Introduce the idea
of building long-term relationships, networking, and
the opportunity to practice and refine those skills
- Provide insight
into different career areas for students (this
program encourages career exploration)
students to pursue new fields of interest or confirm
current fields of interest
- Motivate students
to work toward long-term goals (through internships,
part-time employment, other networking forums,
full-time employment, and graduate school)
- Help students
polish resumes and improve interviewing skills
information on how to research specific employers or
What are the
expectations of the student mentee?
to the program, students are expected to be motivated,
proactive, and exhibit the utmost professionalism at all
times in recognition of the time their mentors are
volunteering. Also, note that with the exception
of special circumstances, admission to the program is
only granted to juniors, seniors, graduate students and
What are the
expectations of the mentor?
The role of a mentor is to inspire, encourage, and
provide ongoing support. Yet, the mentoring
commitment is flexible and can be tailored to the
schedules and communication preferences of each pair.
Mentors will work with their students to determine the
best way to communicate--whether that's in person,
email, phone or Skype. It is suggested that
mentors might also consider allowing students some time
to job shadow at their place of employment. Mentors
must be at least three years out of graduation.
How are mentors
and mentees matched?
Participants are matched based on commonalities in their
personal and professional profiles, specifically the
mentor's work experience and knowledge as it relates to
the professional interest and aspirations of the
considered an appropriate working relationship?
As a mentor, it is critical to remember that you are a
role model. Though trusting friendship may
(and should) be the foundation of a mentorship, remember
your mentee is not your peer.
places include your place of business, or other
public places, while inappropriate meeting places include
bars, apartments, and residence halls.
Consuming alcohol with or buying alcohol for your
underage mentee is strictly prohibited.
I have further
questions about the program, who should I contact?
Those interested in serving as mentors, may
contact Jah'zmin Young in the Career Development Center
email@example.com or via phone at (205)665-6263.