Mentoring Agreements lay out a plan of the goal/s to be achieved, specific activities needed to achieve each goal, and specific deadlines. The mentee should be asked to suggest the goal/s, so the mentor can give feedback, and together they will decide on the plan and fill out a Mentoring Agreement form. The Mentor forwards this to program staff.
The following are suggested activities to choose from, that can support the achievement of negotiated goals in the Mentoring Agreement.
- Mentor and mentee interview each other, focusing on mentee academic and professional plans and challenges.
- Mentor suggests resources about career field or professional life (such as newsletters, websites, articles, apps, industry thought leaders), and contributes insights if possible.
- Mentor gives feedback on mentee’s plan for seeking job shadowing/internship possibilities, and if possible will give feedback on mentee’s job applications.
- If scheduling permits, mentor and mentee may attend a Cal State LA professional, civic, or career event together, and meet to debrief on what the mentee learned.
- Mentor gives feedback and advice on mentee’s interpersonal skills and professional strengths/weaknesses, as they are observed.
- Mentor reviews mentee’s résumé and/or cover letter, and offers feedback and advice.
- Mentor conducts mock interview/professional introduction/”elevator pitch” by mentee, and gives feedback and advice.
- Periodically review progress toward agreed goals, what the mentee has learned, and next steps for the mentoring relationship.
- Formally conclude the mentoring relationship with a final review of what has been learned, and the next career development steps the mentee should plan for.