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.
Become a mentor today. Click to Mentor
Prof. (Dr.) Siddharth Jabade
Dean - Alumni & International Relations & Professor of Mechanical Engineering Department
020-24202198 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
You can be a Mentor if you:
Expectations and Guidelines:
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:
Be a friend and confidante:
Be a guide and facilitator:
Be a Sounding board:
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.
Socio emotional development:
Communication skills / general awareness:
Career and Academic: