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  Become A Mentor


The VIT Student Alumni Mentoring program brings together students and alumni in a purposeful and mutually rewarding relationship.

As a successful member of the VIT alumni community, you have the power to inspire, motivate, and support VIT students. Your knowledge, experience, and insight will help students maximize their experiences at college and guide them to the opportunities and challenges they will face after graduation. Mentoring is one way to give back to your college and make a lasting impact on the VIT Alumni Community.

Be a mentor on your terms

Students and alumni participating in the MIT Sloan Alumni-Student Mentoring Program upload LinkedIn data and provide information about their areas of study, career interests and career paths, and other interests to create detailed user profiles. Students learn about and request mentors based on alumni profiles, and alumni choose to mentor the students they feel they can best support. Because you as an alumni mentor opt into the program and work directly with mentees to set parameters around how often you will communicate, you build relationships in the way that works best for you.

Stay connected to innovation and new ideas

As a graduate, you understand better than anyone that innovation and cutting-edge thinking defines every part of the VIT experience. When you serve as a mentor, you’ll have regular, direct contact with a student who is immersed in that innovation every day. While students benefit from your experience and insight, they’ll expose you to the new ideas that are shaping VIT today.

Build tomorrow’s community of successful professionals

When you serve as a mentor, you form meaningful, rewarding relationships that prepare students to be better employees and leaders, inspire them to stay connected with VIT, and motivate them to support the next generation of students. Mentors help perpetuate, grow, and strengthen VIT’s alumni network.

Join the mentoring program and you can provide support, job search advice and career guidance to a current VIT student who will benefit from your unique experience and skills.

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Contact:
Prof. (Dr.) Siddharth Jabade
Dean - Alumni & International Relations & Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department
 020-24202198  |   vitair@vit.edu


You can also choose to be a mentor to SMEs and early-growth businesses through Investronaut, a Vishwakarma Group Initiative.
www.investronaut.com  |   020-65364001

  The Mentor Program


The mentor program offers VIT students an opportunity to interact with mature, successful individuals from various professional fields. The most important differentiating factor for these students is the level of exposure to new experiences and a lack of a competent role model. The mentor program provides an opportunity to the mentees to interact with individuals outside their communities who can guide them and expose them to a new set of experiences and perspectives.

Program Objectives:
The mentor program aims at helping mentees define themselves, learn essential life skills and evaluate various career options. It is thus founded on four pillars of support as outlined below.

  •   Socio-emotional Support:
    The effectiveness of the mentor program is based on the relationship built between the mentor and the mentee. Most of our students will require support and guidance from professionals who are other than their friends, family and community. As a mentor we would expect you to be a role model, a trusted friend and a guide to the student. Many of our students face challenges in their day-to-day lives which they may not be willing to share with everybody. They need someone they can trust and depend on for guidance. The relationship between the mentor and mentee plays an important role in providing a safe space for the mentees express and seek help.
  •   Personality Development:
    An important aspect of all-round development is personality development. Personality development would include the broad spectrum of various aspects like self confidence, self awareness, positive attitude and communication skills. Many of these aspects are learnt through socializing with different people in diverse environments. The program believes that it is important for its students to go beyond the classroom and interact with people and the world outside.
  •   Academic Support:
    All our students are academically very bright. However, they need support and encouragement to sustain and remain consistent. Mentors help them manage their stress and time and motivate them to persevere and not give up. They encourage them to see the big picture and excel in their academics.
  •   Career guidance and support:
    Many of our students do not have the necessary guidance and support to make career oriented decisions. One of the key objectives of this program is to prepare them to make a well-informed choice for their future careers. The mentor can be a sounding board where the mentees bounce off their career aspirations and dreams

You can be a Mentor if you:

  •   Have a desire to help
  •   Are willing to give qualitative and quantitative time
  •   Are willing to listen and learn
  •   Have demonstrated effective managerial skills.
  •   Have a post-graduate degree and a minimum of 5 years of working experience.

Expectations and Guidelines:

  •   Mentors are required to make a commitment of at least one year to the program.
  •   Mentors are expected to meet/speak with the mentees for an hour every fortnight / twice a month.
  •   Mentors and mentees are expected to be on time for the sessions. The mentors and mentees can together decide on a mutually convenient time for the meeting.
  •   In required mentors can meet the mentees at the college premises or at the mentor’s office. All the mentors have option to meet the mentees at the VIT premises in Pune.
  •   Mentors must plan their sessions and keep a track of the mentees progress, needs, and concerns and share this with VIT regularly via email.
  •   Mentors can ask for any kind of help they need from VIT for the mentees benefit.
  •   The mentors are not expected to give any cash or gifts to the mentees. If mentors want to provide any financial or professional help, it would need to be done through VIT Programme Director

Process:

  •   If you are interested in joining as a mentor please fill out the mentor form available click here.
  •   Once we have a group of mentors interested we will conduct an orientation session detailing the expectations, focus areas and challenges foreseen
  •   Each mentor will be assigned 1-2 mentees

  The Mentor Role


Being a good Mentor is a challenging task. Here are a few points to help you understand your role better.

Be a Role Model:

  •   Serve as an example for social skills and responsible behavior.
  •   Give the mentee necessary exposure to prepare her to face a professional life.
  •   Share your life’s learning with the mentee.
  •   Tell the story of your life.
  •   Help the mentee set aspirations for who they want to be.

Be a friend and confidante:

  •   Encourage the student to share her day-to-day life with you.
  •   Be someone the student trusts.
  •   Give honest and sincere appreciation and advice.
  •   If the need arises, be someone, who the student would discuss personal problems with.

Be a guide and facilitator:

  •   Impart study and time management skills.
  •   Help set academic and career goals.
  •   Encourage the student to take academic inputs and support whenever necessary.
  •   Help your mentee be self reliant and independent decision maker by evaluating various options
  •   Focus on grooming and encourage etiquettes, social, telephone and email.

Be a Sounding board:

  •   Act as a Sounding board by providing insights into skills and opportunities for choosing career path.
  •   The role of a sounding board should be limited to an advice.

Networking:

  •   Connect your mentee to different people. For example, if your mentee is interested in setting up her own business venture, you can connect her to entrepreneurs.


  Expectations and Guidelines


Mentors are required to make a commitment of at least one year to the program. Mentors are expected to meet/speak with the mentees for an hour every fortnight.

In case the mentor has to cancel the interaction; he/she has to inform the mentee and VIT beforehand.

Mentors are expected to be on time for the sessions. The mentors and mentees can together decide on a mutually convenient time for the meeting.

Mentors must plan their sessions and keep a track of the mentees progress, needs, and concerns and share this with VIT regularly.

Mentors must be respectful and considerate with the mentees. At no situation should the mentee feel hurt or snubbed.

Mentors should not thrust their views (political or religious) on the mentees.

Mentors should not be judgmental and create a safe space that allows mentees to express their views or ask questions

Mentors must set realistic expectations for their mentees. Celebrate every achievement however small it may be, and not rebuke if the mentee does not live up to the mentors set expectations.

Mentors can ask for any kind of help they need from VIT for the mentees’ benefit.

Mentors are urged to keep in mind that this engagement is professional and encourage students to send a request mail prior to the meeting, a mail after the meeting mentioning the points discussed, their learning and the agenda / focus areas for the next meeting.

The mentors are not supposed to give any cash or gifts to the mentees, if he thinks that it needs to be given, VIT Program Director’s permission has to be sought.

Male mentors are advised to meet their mentees in college, their workplace or VIT office. Female mentors may meet their mentees at their workplace, home, college premises, hostel or any public place. It is highly recommended that first couple of meetings happen in college or in case of corporate volunteering program at corporate office.


  Mentor interaction toolkit


Following are some suggestions for making mentor-mentee interaction more effective.

Initial meeting:

  •   Introduce yourself by sharing your family, academic and professional background.
  •   Ask mentee about their family, academic and professional background.
  •   Share your interests and hobbies and ask mentees about the same.
  •   Ask mentees to share their dreams and aspirations.
  •   Ask mentees about their expectations from the mentor.
  •   Discuss the focus areas for next few meetings and set goals and timelines.

Socio emotional development:

  •   Share your own journey including challenges and success.
  •   Encourage the mentees to share theirs.
  •   Discuss their daily activities.
  •   Discuss what they enjoy doing and what bothers them

Communication skills / general awareness:

  •   Encourage mentees to write a mail to set up a meeting. The mail may be informal but with complete words and sentences (no short forms or sms language).
  •   Ask mentee to read newspapers and discuss current affairs.
  •   Discuss what topics mentee is interested in and suggest some books and magazines for reading.
  •   After they read you can ask them to give a summary, plot, characters they liked, how would they change the end, etc
  •   Watch some video clips / you tube together and discuss.
  •   Suggest some English movies which they can watch.

Exposure visits:

  •   Take them to an Art Gallery or a performance.
  •   Take them to a mall to see different types of stores and understand how retail sector works.
  •   Help organize a visit to your company and its various departments.
  •   Have them meet family members / friends who are from different professions.

Career and Academic:

  •   Career plan and goal setting.
  •   Academic challenges and study skills.
  •   Time management.

List of topics:
The mentor can use any of these topics for starting a conversation at an initial stage or even at a later stage.
  •   Childhood.
  •   Happy Incident.
  •   Sad Incident.
  •   Siblings.
  •   Family.
  •   Festivals.
  •   Religion.
  •   Political Topics.
  •   Human incidents.
  •   Role models.
  •   Day to day problems.
  •   Particular problems.
  •   Brainteasers.
  •   Suggested Books.
  •   You tube.

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