Who can be a mentor?
A mentor can be any alumnus of W&J who is willing to put in their
time to get to know a W&J student. Current proximity to campus is
not a concern if email and phone are able to be utilized to communicate
regularly. Of course, face-to-face meetings are encouraged whenever
Who can be a protégé?
Any student who has completed one year at W&J is eligible. Ideal
candidates are students who are seeking general guidance (professional,
collegiate or otherwise).
How much time does being a mentor/protégé involve? Each
pairing of alumni and students will determine the frequency and
duration of their communications. Some relationships begin with only
monthly communication and turn into more frequent discussions. This
should be discussed in the very first communication with your
protégé/mentor. Plan on dedicating about 2 hours a month to being a
mentor or being mentored.
Are the mentor/protégé relationships only about careers?
Actually, we prefer that the relationship involve more than just career
advice. Providing an open discussion about general concerns and
providing encouragement and support in other areas (student involvement
on campus, major exploration, study abroad, general advice) are often
just as helpful.
What if I have a concern about my student protégé? First, attempt to address any concerns you may have with your protégé directly. You can always share any concerns with Michele Hufnagel, associate vice president for development & alumni relations, at 724-223-6503 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What if I don't have time to dedicate to a protégé, but still want to help?
The Career Services Office offers an option for alumni to register as
career mentors or to provide job shadowing experiences. Usually these
are just one-time contacts from students to alumni and involve answering
career or graduate school-specific advice. To register, go to the Career Services page to register on College Central.
The Alumni Mentor Program was established to create long-term
mentoring relationships with a chosen alumnus/a and a current student.
Matched individually, each protégé will communicate with his/her mentor
for a time period specific to his/her date of graduation. If a student
is searching for career connections or shadowing/internship
opportunities, please refer to Roberta Cross, director of Career
Services at email@example.com. The Alumni Mentor Program is only
utilized to pair current students with similar profiled alumni who can
help with general life guidance, career advice, and connecting to the