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Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP)

Winter AMP: December 20 -- January 21

Our Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP) is designed to give CICS undergraduate and graduate students career mentorship over winter and summer breaks. Mentorship is one of the best ways to learn and accomplish your career goals. 

Alumni mentors volunteer to help students explore a wide range of career development topics. Besides answering questions through informal conversation, some mentors choose to do resume or LinkedIn profile reviews, conduct mock interviews, and coach on job search strategies.

How it works

CICS Careers forms groups on a rolling basis using input from the student and mentor interest forms. We do our very best to match mentors and students. 

Each group consists of 

  • 1 alumnus mentor selected by CICS Careers
  • 2 students with shared career goals or interests
  • 1 career developer

Schedule

  • Students meet one-on-one with their mentors once a week for approximately 30 minutes
  • Each group meets every other week for about an hour
  • Students also meet once with the Career Developer supporting their group

  • Schedule a mutually convenient meeting time for the duration of the program
  • Send calendar invites with a Zoom or Google Meet link
  • Consider attending our optional networking event with everyone at the end of the program
  • Use the suggested topics and starter questions below, but feel free to change it up

REQUEST A MENTOR   VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR

Proposed discussion topics & questions

Mentorship Do’s and Don’ts

Do

  • Share preferred contact information and connect on LinkedIn right away
  • Stay flexible -- have a plan but be willing to reschedule when life happens
  • Try Calendly if you’re having trouble coordinating schedules
  • Share related videos, podcasts, articles, etc. with each other
  • Show empathy since job searching can be stressful
  • Listen as much as you talk - the best conversations are 50/50
  • Make introductions to others in your network
  • Give feedback on what’s working and not working throughout the program (tell your Career Developer, email Brian or Dale, or wait until the anonymous survey at the end)
  • Let the mentors influence how and how frequently to stay in touch after the program

Don’t

  • Stop communicating. If you don’t respond to messages in a reasonable amount of time, you will give up your spot in AMP
  • Forget to thank your mentor - most are doing AMP because they want to give back
  • Let the imposter syndrome hold you back from participating
  • Ignore identities. Our community is rich because of its diversity so acknowledge and learn from those with different experiences.
  • Be too serious. Mentorship should be meaningful and enjoyable.
  • Be afraid to admit you don’t know. It’s better to ask for help than to pretend.

REQUEST A MENTOR   VOLUNTEER AS A MENTOR