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Mentor Program

The SHS Alumni Association comprises thousands of graduates who have entered and progressed in a variety of professional fields. Capitalizing on the expertise of our alumni, their desire to give back to Sacred Heart, a request from younger alumni for more career resources and opportunities, and our driving goal to further strengthen and enhance the overall SHS alumni network, the Alumni Board has created a dynamic, new initiative: the Alumni Mentor Program (AMP).

In this exclusive opportunity benefiting SHS graduates, AMP matches college-aged students and recent college graduates (MENTEES) with more seasoned alumni professionals (MENTORS) for ongoing communication, interaction, and tailored career advice in a one-to-one format.

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  • The Benefits of Participation

    In addition to gaining insight on industry outlook, emerging trends, and possible job shadowing, internship, or employment openings, MENTEES will learn from experienced pros about a variety of essential topics: negotiating workplace culture and etiquette, resume-building, acing the interview, recommendations for auxiliary training or certifications, and other necessary tips and tools for success.
    Providing invaluable support to SHS through gifts of time and talent, MENTORS will be able to leverage specific and general employment expertise, share lessons learned and field perspective, network with fellow colleagues, and deliver critical, practical, and timely career guidance to younger SHS alumni.
  • Who can apply to be a mentor/mentee?

    Currently, we are seeking pilot candidates in both groups, for a program start date of September 2015.

    Mentor requirements:
    • SHS alumni at least two years past college graduation (>SHP '09 or >SJS '05)
    • Currently employed, holding rising, mid-level, or senior position
    • All industries welcomed
    • Willing and able to commit to minimal AMP responsibilities

    Mentee requirements:
    • Alumni of the SHP Classes of 2009 - 2015 or SJS Classes of 2005 - 2011
    • Currently enrolled in college or recent college graduate
    • Motivated to meaningfully explore career field (s), secure employment or internship, and open to direction/guidance
    • Willing and able to commit to minimal AMP responsibilities
  • How it Works

    Each MENTEE applicant will be given a facilitated introduction to a MENTOR--a working professional in a relevant field of interest or like industry. Once established, each pair will establish and commit to an ongoing schedule of communication, formal or informal, which can occur online, phone, or in-person. A member of the AMP Committee of the Alumni Board will be assigned to each pair, to serve as a program resource, to answer questions or concerns, and to track overall progress. Match commitments may conclude following successful employment or internship placement, or beyond, depending on the desires and interests of the participants.

Program FAQs

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  • What's the time commitment as a mentor/mentee?

    Actual time spentis entirely up to the matched pair; however, we recommend setting a schedule to touch base via email, Skype, phone, or in-person at minimum once per month, for the duration of the match (approximately 12+ months in legnth).
  • How will I get paired up?

    Following receipt of the mentor/mentee application form, submitted information will be reviewed and best possible matches identified, based on comprehensive experience, stated interests, and preferred industry. A member of the Alumni Mentor Program Committee will then be assigned to facilitate introductions and serve as an ongoing resource, responsible for reviewing procedures, answering questions, and soliciting feedback on both the program and the pairing.
  • How soon can I expect to be matched?

    In this initial program year, we anticipate making up to 20 matches. However, our ability to meet this target is largely dependent on the number of mentor/mentee applications we receive, and the spectrum of desirable fields represented in both candidate pools.
  • Do I have to be in the same geographical area as my mentor/mentee?

    No. The program is intended to connect SHS alumni with common career interests, regardless of location. Communication can be conducted entirely online, via phone, or by other means.
  • As a mentor, am I expected to provide an employment or internship opportunity?

    No. While we do encourage information-sharing about known or upcoming opportunities that might be a good fit for your mentee, mentors are under no obligation to facilitate employment.


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