The Mission of the Center for Professional Excellence Mentoring Program is development of students through self-formation and early professional preparation, the hallmark of The Elmhurst Experience.
Short-Term Career Exploration
Short-term career exploration experiences (STCE) offered through the Mentoring Program are an opportunity for students to learn more about careers that interest them. Students may have as many career exploration experiences as they deem necessary, to help them through their career discernment process. Students can experience, alongside a professional, what a typical day in the life of a particular field/profession is like. Sometimes the experience may take the form of an interview at the workplace or on campus. To gain maximum benefit from their career exploration experience, students are encouraged to research their field of interest on ECconnect.com, as well as arrive prepared with a list of questions for discussion. It is also helpful for students to “jot down” any impression(s) they currently have of the profession in order to provide a foundation for later reflection. A Career Exploration Tips Sheet is provided to guide them through the process.
Participation is easy; simply complete a STCE 2010-11 Request Package and either submit it via email, or print and drop it off in the Center for Professional Excellence, Circle Hall. Once the CPE receives your request, a professional will be located for you to shadow or interview in your interest area and you will be sent their contact information. The CPE even contacts the professional first, so they will be expecting to hear from you! Once you receive the professional’s contact information, call to set up a date and time that is mutually agreeable and attend your information interview or shadowing experience. It is that easy!
Long-Term Professional Preparation
Although a mentoring relationship is often considered a personal relationship, the CPE Mentoring Program provides structure. First, professionals and students must complete and return the necessary forms to be included in the program, such as the Professional Profile and Protégé Profile and the Mentor Agreement and Protégé Agreement. Once the necessary forms are completed, participates attend the appropriate orientation workshop, which is provided at no cost (i.e. Protégé Orientation, Mentor Orientation). The orientations help individuals to understand the different types of career exploration, become familiar with program procedures and individual responsibilities, understand and appreciate the importance of establishing the mentoring relationship, and methods for protégé development. To support protégés and mentors, handbooks have been created, i.e.: (Protégé Handbook and Mentor Handbook), that contain all the tools and information necessary for a mutually rewarding and beneficial mentoring relationship. It is recommended that the mentor and protégé meet in person at least monthly. The relationship is monitored through Mentor Activity and Protégé Activity reports that are to be completed after each monthly meeting and forwarded to the mentoring coordinator.
If you have any questions concerning the mentoring initiatives, contact Julie Nearing Gonzales at firstname.lastname@example.org.