A 1-to-1, year-long relationship to prepare students for professional engineering
The Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Department's Mentorship Program pairs students with industry professional to hone their skills and learn more about the engineering industry through a direct year-long professional relationship.
The program represents a low-risk way for professionals and leaders within the engineering industry to work directly with students and help them navigate the transition to professional life. After completing the program, students will gain valuable experience with practicing engineers and professionals, and start to develop a valuable network of industry contacts.
The mentor-mentee relationships could provide a lifetime of guidance and learning for both the student and the professional.
Prospective mentors and mentees can sign up at the links below. For more information and any questions, contact outreach coordinator Peter Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org
The mentor interviews the mentee for a position in their field of interest. Afterwards, the mentor may critique the mentee's responses and review some difficult questions. Mock interviews help both parties refine interview skills, and help the mentee effectively tell their story.
Mentors help mentees develop questions for individuals at other positions within the mentor's company/organization. Professional engineers work with individuals in Human Resources, Accounting & Budget, Marketing, Grant Writing, etc. With the mentor's help, the mentee will set up discussions with these other professionals.
Entrepreneurial-focused mentees can share ideas for their business or consulting firm and get feedback from their mentor
Mentees asks mentors questions about ethics, and if the mentor every had to navigate a tough ethical situation. Mentors and mentees may develop a hypothetical ethics situation and work through the process of solving the dilemma together.
Mentees can take an assignment or project from class and share it with their mentor to determine how some of these details and activities could apply to a job site in their area.
Mentors and mentees can work together and review scholarly articles on engineering, or articles from different business and similar publications on a regular basis. This could help the mentee better understand the professional engineering landscape.