A mentor is a BYU-I alumnus that can share with a mentee (BYU-I student) information about his or her own career/major path, as well as provide guidance, support, and role modeling. A mentor can help with exploring careers, setting goals, developing contacts (networking), and identifying internship opportunities.
Having a mentor can provide a BYU-I student with more opportunities and advantages. The mentoring relationship and connection provide the BYU-I student with direction on career and internship prospects. A mentor has knowledge and experience of an occupation and its relevant field. It is up to the mentee to obtain this information by means of an informational interview, internship, or job shadowing.
There are endless amounts of questions that will help you network and gain industry knowledge when speaking with a mentor. Here are some ideas of questions you could ask:
- How did you get involved in this position or this company?
- What advice would you give me if I wanted to be successful in your line of work?
- What do you enjoy most about what you do?
- What school did you attend and what made you decide to go there?
- What did you study in school?
- What fun things do you like to do outside of work?
- What is it in your life that inspires you?
- What kind of books do you like to read and which ones have had the greatest impact on you?
- Where do you see yourself five years from today?
- Who else do you know that I should be talking to?