Becoming a Career Mentor
Mentors help participants develop the professional and personal skills useful 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.
The mentor's role is to:
- Facilitate strategic career planning by the mentee.
- Listen with an open mind to mentee’s ideas, plans, and issues.
- Respond promptly to an agreed number of communications from the mentee.
- Offer career information, encouragement, feedback, and advice.
- Encourage the mentee’s academic study and professional development.
- Help mentee consider issues from different points of view, including the needs of employers and colleagues.
- Maintain confidentiality about mentoring discussions.
- Be a Cal State LA graduate or Friend of the University with professional experience (at least 3 years recommended).
- Complete a Mentor Application through CareerLink on the Career Development Center’s website at www.calstatela.edu/careercenter/careerlink, to be reviewed by program staff for approval.
- For Cal State LA Alumni applicants, the Alumni Association staff will review their membership status for mentoring participation eligibility.
- Respond promptly to accept or decline mentoring requests from students.
- Upon accepting a student’s request, negotiate a Mentoring Agreement with them.
- Abide by the policies and procedures in this Procedure Manual and the Mentoring Handbook.