*Video courtesy of Good Day DePaul*
An ASK mentor is a professional who volunteers his or her time to network with DePaul students and provide advice and career insight. Connecting with a mentor gives you the chance to ask questions about a major, field or career path, and learn from other people's experiences. Mentoring is about making contacts and sharing information — not about asking for a job/internship.
Initiate the Conversation
Before you contact a mentor, take some
time to prepare. Consider the following:
||Strategies for Conversation|
|Take time getting to know someone.
- Learn about a person's background. Where possible, read about him/her in advance.
- What, if anything, do you have in common?
- What most piques your interest about this person?
|Consider your interest.
- What do you hope to get out of this conversation?
- What do you want to learn?
|Determine your goals.
- What would success look like for you?
- Can you articulate your goals and what you need to achieve them?
|Share your assumptions, needs, expectations and limitations candidly.
- Ask for feedback.
- Be open to honest critique.
|Discuss options and opportunities for learning.
- Share your progress (past and current).
- Consider what additional assistance, guidance or support might be most useful.
- Be specific.
Adapted from The Mentor's Guide: Facilitating Effective Learning Relationships. (Zachary, 2000)
Find a Career Mentor
Search for mentors online using the ASK directory.
- Go to depaul.joinhandshake.com and log in using your Campus Connect credentials.
- After login, click "Mentoring" on the left menu.
- On the Mentorships page, click "Find Mentors" on the top right menu.
- Use the general keyword search to find mentors in your interest area.
- You can also search by Expertise, Skills, Major, and Job Function.
- Think broadly. Even a mentor in a seemingly unrelated field can offer valuable advice and guidance in your future decisions.
- If you can't find a mentor that fits your interests, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get mentor suggestions.
- Review the mentor list that matches your search criteria.
- Click the "Request Mentorship" button to send a message for the mentor.
- Make sure to customize your request
- Paragraph 1: Focus is on the mentor and why you picked them
- Paragraph 2: Focus is on you and what you are interested in acquiring
- Paragraph 3: Your message should be time bound.
- Ex: Ask your mentor if they are available in the next two weeks to meet.
- When an ASK mentor accepts your request, an auto-notification will be sent to the email address in your Handshake account.
- Make sure that your profile is linked to your preferred email address.
- Log back into Handshake and click on "Mentoring."
- You can communicate with the mentor through the messaging system in Handshake or via email.
Mentor Search Help
Students and alumni have full access to the ASK directory. We encourage you to browse mentor profiles and self-select mentors in your career area. If you're not able to find someone based on the search criteria available, feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you with the search. Email us at email@example.com or call (312) 362-8281.