What Will Students Gain?
This program will enhance a student's ability to find meaningful work and connections. Students will be able to:
- Explore current industry issues and potential career paths
- Learn how to build a professional network
- Enhance professional and communication skills
- Connect knowledge learned in the classroom with future career goals
- Explore new areas of interest
- Gain insight on transitioning to the workplace
Becoming a Mentee
To be eligible, a student must be:
- A junior or senior (completed over 60 credits) in the College of Continuing and Professional Studies Health Services Management major or Inter-College Program (in major status).
- In good academic standing.
- Able to attend one of the mandatory student orientation sessions.
To participate in the program students will be expected to:
- Initiate regular contact with their mentor via phone, email, or meetings (in-person or virtual).
- Be proactive and willing to meet their mentor at least once a month and see the relationship through to its official end (October-April).
- Discuss their goals, needs, and what they hope to gain from the relationship.
- Participate in self-reflection, self-development, and receive feedback.
- Act professional at all times and return phone calls/emails in a timely fashion.
- Understand that the mentor program is not a job placement program.
- Notify the mentor program staff if circumstances require them to stop participating in the mentorship program or if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.
Becoming a Mentor
Professionals from a variety of fields are welcome to join us! Mentors do not need to be graduates of the University of Minnesota or the College of Continuing and Professional Studies. This is a worthwhile opportunity to share your expertise with students in two of our majors:
- Health Services Management: HSM students are interested in medical/clinical management, patient accounting and billing, long-term care and managed facility administration, marketing, community relations, facility/supply chain management, as well as graduate studies.
- Inter-College Program: A self-designed degree where students pursue careers in areas such as finance, health care, business, nonprofit, education, and many decide to go on to graduate school.
The mentor’s role is to help CCAPS students get the most out of their college experience and to help them transition to graduate/professional school or the workplace. We expect mentors to be able to:
- Commit to being accessible and engaged in mentoring one student during the entirety of the program (October-April).
- Help students establish realistic and attainable goals and identify ways to achieve them.
- Provide guidance and support by sharing personal and professional experiences.
- Offer constructive suggestions and feedback.
- Determine how your expertise can help your student in meeting their career goals.
- Ask good questions that help students explore their own values and needs or make informed decisions.
- Contact mentor program staff if there is a concern with the mentoring relationship.
There is no expectation that internships or employment will result from this experience. Mentors do not need to live in the Twin Cities area to participate.
Program Structure and Timeline (2019-20)
Please note that some of the events request in-person attendance.
|August 13–September 13||Mentor Application Open|
|September 3–13||Mentee/Student Application Open|
|September 18, 4-5 p.m. OR September 20, 10-11 a.m.||REQUIRED Mentee/Student Orientation (in-person)|
|September 23–29||Mentees/Students review mentor candidates and select potential matches|
|October 14||Mentees/students and mentors will receive their match information via email|
|October 16, 8-9 a.m.||Mentor Orientation (Recording will be made available for long-distance mentors or those who cannot attend, but your in- person attendance is greatly appreciated.)|
|October 29 - 7:30-9 a.m.||Mentor Program Kick-off: The in-person kick-off event will provide a space for mentees and mentors to meet and receive tools to help them navigate the program.|
|November 1||Mentor pairs decide the method and frequency of their communication, but are recommended to connect at least once per month.|
|November 1||Mentor pairs will be provided with resources to set goals for the program.|
|March 30 (Time TBD)||U of M Mentor Appreciation Dinner:
Limited seating available. Plan to register early!
|April 30||Mentoring Program closes|
|May 1||All mentors and mentees will be required to complete an evaluation at the end of the program.|