Mentee FAQs

What do I do if I switch my major, and then want to switch my mentor?
It is very common for undergraduates to switch or add majors and minors. If you feel that the mentor that you have been working with can no longer relate to your career interests, it is fine to feel the need to look for a mentor who does. Communication is key, call or email your mentor. Be appreciative of how they have been able to help you thus far, and explain your plan to change your major and your desire to seek advice from someone who is working in that field. Your mentor will understand.
Where or how often should my mentor and I meet?
As stated earlier, reaching out to mentors can result in a one-time conversation or evolve into a long-term mentoring relationship. The duration of that relationship is determined by your needs, the mentor’s availability and the level of the connection that the two of you make. Meeting places should be convenient to both parties and can occur on or off-campus, where both individuals feel comfortable.  “Meeting” in between can happen by phone or email as well.
What types of questions could I ask during an Informational Interview?
  • What qualifications, abilities or skills are required to perform this job?
  • What career search methods did you use to obtain this job?
  • What do you like/dislike most about your position?
  • What have you learned about this field that you did not know before starting your career?
  • Are there opportunities for advancement? What is the line of promotion?
  • To what other schools did you apply? How did you make your selection?
  • How has your graduate school experience been different from college?
What does a good mentor/mentee relationship look like?
If the mentoring relationship is an on-going one, then it’s important that both parties have a mutual understanding of expectations and purposes. Both mentor and mentee should feel comfortable communicating with one another and being open about thoughts, plans and needs. The mentee, as the one seeking advice, should be proactive by asking questions and presenting ideas for feedback. Every pairing will look different, but we ultimately hope that students walk away with a better understanding and clearer expectations of their intended career fields.