Joining the Career Mentor Program as a Student or Alumni Mentee
Mentors help participants develop the professional and personal skills beneficial for career development. Mentors can also provide valuable insights and advice on career choices, appropriate educational options, how to develop professional and personal goals, and provide guidance about potential employers and career networking opportunities.
- Be a current Cal State LA student or graduate.
- Create or login to your student or alumni account in Handshake on the Career Development Center's website.
- Negotiate a Mentoring Agreement with the mentor who agrees to work with them.
- Abide by the policies and procedures in the Cal State LA Career Mentoring Handbook.
Students and alumni interested in being matched with a career mentor must use their student/alumni account in Handshake on the Career Development Center’s website, answering the profile question about whether they want a mentor. Students and alumni who already have an account on CareerLink can identify their interest in the career mentor program by editing the field under 'My Profile.'
Choosing a Mentor
Review the list of career mentors on the 'Career Center' tab located in your Handshake account, and contact a mentor to request being matched with them. Upon being accepted by a Mentor, the two arrange an interview (in person, by phone, online, etc.) and negotiate a Mentoring Agreement. Mentors then forward the completed Mentoring Agreement to program staff.
Your Role as a Mentee
- Keep appointments and other commitments with their mentor.
- Respond promptly to communications from the mentor.
- Listen with an open mind to mentor’s feedback and advice.
- Try to consider career planning issues from different points of view, including the needs of employers and colleagues.
- Maintain confidentiality about mentoring discussions.
- Students and recent graduates dine with alumni mentors.
- Alumni and "friends of the University" mentors review student résumés, practice job interviews and evaluate student professional networking elevator pitches.