mentorcommunity@sjsu (mc@sjsu): An Introduction

Sign-up Process for Mentors

  1. Click the “Mentor – Register Now” button. Verify that you are a faculty/staff via your sjsu.edu e-mail account.
  2. Fill out an anonymous online profile that the students will see in their mentor search.
  3. Watch for mentor requests via your e-mail.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a guide, friend and resource who shares academic, personal and professional knowledge and experience to help pave the way for students to succeed at SJSU and beyond.

As a Mentor You Play Several Roles, Including:

Motivator: Expresses belief and confidence in the mentee’s abilities and encourages the mentee to try new things.
Resource: Teaches and advises the mentee on how to make contacts, and introduces the mentee to people, resources and/or ideas.
Supporter: Encourages open and honest dialogue, and listens to and responds to the needs of the mentee.
Coach: Helps the mentee develop, and work to achieve realistic and meaningful goals.

The Mentoring Relationship

For mentoring to be successful there must be a respectful, reciprocal, comfortable relationship between mentor and mentee. Both parties must invest in the relationship to make it successful by being open-minded and keeping to the expectations they have set for the relationship. Ideally, the mentoring relationship will be mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee.

Tips for being a good mentor:

• Be Committed:
Mentoring is a minimum commitment of one semester per student. Please make sure you have the time and motivation to stay committed to the mentoring relationship. We do understand, however, that conflicts arise, so make sure to communicate with your mentee in a timely fashion.
• Be Proactive:
Take initiative in the relationship. Often students can be shy and intimidated at first by the idea of reaching out to mentors. Make it easier for students by reaching out!
• Get to Know Your Mentee on a Personal Level:
MC@SJSU hopes that most mentoring relationships develop a personal touch. This makes conversations much more interesting, and rewarding. It makes both mentors and mentees look forward to the next conversation.
• Tell Stories:
Students love hearing about your past experiences! You probably learned a lot from your past experiences and they can be invaluable to your mentee. Plus, it’s always fun to tell stories.
• Provide a Fresh Perspective: As a mentor, you are often more distanced from an issue at hand and thus be able to provide a fresh perspective for your mentee. This can help students tremendously as we are often clouded by our emotions and biases.
• Give Advice:
Bounce ideas back and forth with your mentee. Make sure you are only providing your thoughts and feedback instead of directly telling your mentee what to do. This helps them hone their judgment and decision-making abilities.
• Be Encouraging:
Students are often going through difficult times at school. Try to be positive and be a source of encouragement to help them through those situations. This can also be a good time to provide an elder perspective on your mentee’s problems (many of which were probably the same ones you had).
• Find Shared Experiences:
Relationships are stronger when you share a lot in common, try to find those common grounds (There may be more than you think).

Check out the Video Resources page in order to get started!

Adapted from Stanford Alumni Mentoring Program, BEAM, Stanford Career Education