“Exploration by real people inspires us.”
Mentoring: a relationship between a professional or postsecondary student, who provides career guidance and support, and our students over one year or longer for one year while in E3 STEM.
One of the key components of our E3 STEM program, our goal is to pair students with professionals in careers that they aspire to; however, there are cases where someone in a different field could provide excellent mentoring. The E3 STEM staff will work to create partnerships with organizations to provide mentors for groups of students. Students will travel as a group to these businesses and organizations at least once per quarter to meet with their mentors. Programming will be provided by the E3 STEM staff.
Students may also work with E3 STEM staff to connect with their own mentors (during field trips, shadowing opportunities); the career counselors will also arrange matches through applications from students and potential mentors at partner companies.
- Students: attend the mentoring kickoff with a draft of their IDPs, ready for mentors.
- Students: are expected to participate in our regular planned visits to the mentoring company.
- If you exchange email with a mentor, copy all emails to your mentor to the E3 STEM mentoring coordinator, Arlene Ali: email@example.com.
- Mentors: attend the mentoring kickoff event to meet mentees and learn more about our program.
- Mentor training: We will provide guidance and training as we progress in the mentoring program.
- Mentors: maintain regular contact(with mentees (about once/quarter) at their place of business.
- All emails to mentees should be copied to the E3 STEM mentoring coordinator, Arlene Ali: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- In-person meetings opportunities will be scheduled through E3 STEM. Meetings in professional spaces are encouraged. Please inform your mentees about appropriate dress and behavior for your setting when inviting them to meet.
- Depending on the individual, meetings will involve group sessions, individual meetings, events, or activities like resume reviews.
- We will provide a mentoring calendar with regular suggestions for people who are interested in more structure; we can also send out a newsletter with school events.
- Please contact the E3 STEM mentoring coordinator, Arlene Ali (email@example.com) and E3 STEM Academic and Career Counselor Jen Heineman (firstname.lastname@example.org) if the mentoring relationship needs to be terminated for any reason.
Mentoring Activity Suggestions:
Not everything has to be about your professional life. We also want our students thinking about how hobbies, family and other commitments will fit into their working lives. Seeing that you are a real person outside of your job will help them envision themselves in a similar profession.
Mentors should NOT be internship supervisors. Once an internship has ended, the supervisor could become a mentor, but positions should not be intertwined.
In-person: Workplace tour, exploration of hobbies (related or unrelated to profession), sharing a meal (demonstrating how to be professional in this kind of meeting or sharing something from each other’s cultures), practicing presentations, attending events/presentations in industry, have them teach you something, etc.
Any format: Practice interviews, discussion of different jobs held in field, resume reviews, reviewing progress on Individual Development Plans, share music/movie/book recommendations and debrief, talk about your educational experiences.Group events with multiple mentoring pairs in the same company are great. Students can practice networking skills and meet other people in their fields. It might be a more comfortable way for you to start getting to know each other.
The E3 STEM program has built a strong relationship with Augustana Regent at Burnsville, connecting CNA students to work experiences and connecting the residents to our students as tutors and mentors. Augustana highlighted this relationship in their recent newsletter.
Our E3 STEM program was also asked to submit an article to YCC, our grant organization, highlighting our unique and innovative tutoring program. The article can be found here.