Holy Names University Alumni Mentoring
The Holy Names University Alumni Mentoring Program is a LinkedIn group that connects HNU students with alumni who mentor them by providing advice, information, and support.
Join the LinkedIn group to meet your future mentor or mentee!
1. Update or create your LinkedIn profile!
How to create a LinkedIn account
- Detailed Instructions listed here
- Own a profile that truly represents you. List your current and past positions & education along with your tenure there. This helps the right people find you.
- Add a profile photo– people never forget a face!
- Add a summary paragraph. Think of it as your professional elevator pitch.
- Connect with current HNU students and alumni
2. Search for and Join the Holy Names University Alumni Mentoring group
3. Start reaching out to your potential mentor! (Either through discussions on the homepage or use “advanced search” in the “members” section to explore our pool of members until you find your perfect mentor match!)
4. Once you have found your potential mentor, feel free to use this template to message your future mentor:
My name is ______________. I am connecting with you because we are both in the HNU Alumni Mentoring Program Group. I am interested in a future career in ___________. Are you free to talk?
5. Remember that you can reach out to alumni by posting on the discussion board. For example:
Hello! I am a soon to be sophomore and I am majoring in Biology. I am very interested in the medical field. Can anyone help me find places to shadow doctors or volunteer somewhere? Thank you so much!
(Name of Student)
(Student at Holy Names University)
I was also a biology major at Holy Names University and will be starting med school this fall. I would recommend volunteering at places such as the Women’s Community Clinic, Zen Hospice and similar organizations. You may be able to get more responsibilities at a small clinic as opposed to a larger hospital. To find a physician to shadow, I would start with your primary care physician. Ask if you can shadow her, and after that you can ask her if she knows of any specialists you can shadow. If you keep asking in this fashion you can get exposure to a lot of different specialties. If you don’t have a primary care physician, try a simple search online for physicians near you. I’ve just emailed or called doctors and had success that way. Good luck!
Tips for Mentors
- Encourage your mentee to be candid about what he/she hopes to gain from the experience. Please note that it is not a mentor's responsibility to find employment for a student.
- As a mentor you have the opportunity to help someone develop academically and professionally. Even if you don't think you have a lot of experience, you do have a lot to offer because you have "been there - done that." You don't have to be a teacher, or a parent, just a good listener and a friend
- How much time you commit to mentoring is up to you. You can decide how many mentees you accept and how much time you dedicate to each student.
- Mentors can provide the benefit of their knowledge and experience to help students achieve their educational and professional goals.
- As an alumni mentor, you gain a sense of accomplishment and pride from having helped a future colleague and member of the HNU family. Students gain a valuable source of advice and guidance while navigating the rigors of college.
Tips for Mentees
- Ask for specific advice and be receptive to input. Consider the perspective others offer you, even if it is not what you want to hear.
- Evaluate feedback and advice. You don’t need to do everything your mentor says. Strategies and behaviors that work for your mentor may not work for you.
- Act on advice that fits for you.
- Be considerate. Be prompt to meetings. If you need to reschedule, give your mentor plenty of advance notice (at least 24 hours). Recognize that your mentor is busy, and respect his or her time.
- Be prepared. Respect your mentor’s limited time and come to meetings prepared and organized. Write down your list of questions
- Maintain confidentiality. Your mentoring relationship is a personal one. You need to establish with your mentor the degree to which this advice is kept confidential
- Express appreciation. Let your mentor know when he/she has helped you, and express appreciation for this guidance. Be aware of what you have to give back to the relationship
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