Current Mentee

This page includes all the information you will need to participate as a Merge Mentee.

Before getting started, please be sure to review the Merge Mentee Expectations, Guidelines, and Agreement. Also, work with your mentor to establish a communication plan for the duration of the program. It is your responsibility to take initiative in contacting your mentor at the beginning and throughout the program.

Each month, you will meet for a minimum of one hour with your mentor to discuss a career readiness competency (or competencies) of your choice. When setting up each meeting, be sure to share with your mentor what competency(ies) you would like to discuss so both parties have time to prepare. There is no particular order you must follow, just be sure to cover all of the competencies before the end of the program. If you are participating in the program for one semester only, you will need to discuss at least two competencies per month.

As a culminating Merge project, you will be building a Professional Development Plan (PDP) throughout the course of the program. A PDP is a living document that outlines your unique mission, vision, purpose, and goals. You can be as creative as you would like and include additional sections to document your progress including careers of interest, networking events, strengths, etc. In each Merge meeting, try to relate each competency you discuss back to the PDP and request guidance and feedback from your mentor on the document as needed.  You will submit your PDP to the program coordinator at the end of the program. To get started, download the PDP file (below).

Before each meeting, review the materials for each competency including the definition, reflection questions, questions to ask your mentor, and additional campus resources, found below:

Resources for Each Career Readiness Competency

Definition:

Articulate thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively in written and oral forms to persons inside and outside of the organization. The individual has public speaking skills; is able to express ideas to others; and can write/edit memos, letters, and complex technical reports clearly and effectively.

Reflection Questions:

  • What strengths/weaknesses do you have in verbal, written, and nonverbal communication? Why do you think that is?
  • How does effective communication change across different areas of your life (work, school, personal, etc.)?
  • Have you sought out any opportunities to improve your skills in this area?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • What is the most important thing you’ve learned about communication in your career?
  • When would I typically need to use the different types of communication (presenting, emailing, meeting with a client, etc.)
  • How would you recommend I work to improve an area of weakness in communication?

Additional Resources:

Definition:

Exercise sound reasoning to analyze issues, make decisions, and overcome problems. The individual is able to obtain, interpret, and use knowledge, facts, and data in this process, and may demonstrate originality and inventiveness.

Reflection Questions:

  • Think about the big decisions you’ve made in your life; did you think critically to analyze the situation and make a sound decision? Why or why not?
  • When you are faced with a problem, how do you typically handle it?
  • What experiences have pushed you to practice/improve your critical thinking abilities?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • How has your critical thinking ability improved throughout your career?
  • What is the balance between asking your supervisor questions and trying to find a solution yourself?
  • What are reliable ways to obtain knowledge, facts, and data in this industry?

Additional Resources:

Definition:

Leverage existing digital technologies ethically and efficiently to solve problems, complete tasks, and accomplish goals. The individual demonstrates effective adaptability to new and emerging technologies.

Reflection Questions:

  • What technologies are you proficient in? Lacking in? How does social media influence your career?
  • Are you aware of the major technologies used in your industry?
  • When have you had to quickly learn new technology, and how did you react?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • What are the main technologies you use in your position?
  • How do you stay updated with new technologies?
  • What are some creative ways you have used technology to accomplish goals?

Additional Resources:

  • Definition:

Value, respect, and learn from diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions. The individual demonstrates openness, inclusiveness, sensitivity, and the ability to interact respectfully with all people and understand individuals’ differences.

Reflection Questions:

  • How do your identity and implicit biases affect your interactions with others? (Optional: Take Implicit Association Test courtesy of Harvard University).
  • What opportunities have you sought out to interact with diverse individuals?
  • Are you active in learning about diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, sexual orientations, and religions? Why or why not?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • Do you feel this industry is diverse, inclusive, and equitable?
  • What experiences were learning moments for you in this context?
  • What insights can you share about generational differences in the workplace?

Additional Resources:

Definition:

Build collaborative relationships with colleagues and customers representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints. The individual is able to work within a team structure, and can negotiate and manage conflict.

Reflection Questions:

  • What is your typical response/approach when working on a team?
  • What has been your most successful group work experience, and why? Least successful experience?
  • When problems arise, what strengths and weaknesses do you have in managing conflict?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • What kind of teamwork do you typically engage in?
  • What steps do you take to create a productive and respectful collaborative environment?
  • How do you manage conflict in a team?

Additional Resources:

Definition:

Leverage the strengths of others to achieve common goals, and use interpersonal skills to coach and develop others. The individual is able to assess and manage his/her emotions and those of others; use empathetic skills to guide and motivate; and organize, prioritize, and delegate work.

Reflection Questions:

  • Who do you consider to be an effective leader in your life? Why?
  • What is your leadership style? Do you infuse ethics and equity in your decisions and actions as a leader?
  • Think about any leadership experience you’ve had—what successes and challenges did you face?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • What is your leadership style?
  • What experiences have you had that influenced your leadership style?
  • How do you handle being led by someone whose leadership style you do not agree with?

Additional Resources

Definition:

Identify and articulate one's skills, strengths, knowledge, and experiences relevant to the position desired and career goals, and identify areas necessary for professional growth. The individual is able to navigate and explore job options, understands and can take the steps necessary to pursue opportunities, and understands how to self-advocate for opportunities in the workplace.

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you set SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, timely) career goals for yourself? Are you actively working towards those?
  • What tools need to be added to your toolbox for you to better manage your career?
  • How confident are you with networking, searching for jobs, negotiating job offers, creating a personal brand, etc.?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • How do you stay on top of managing your career and progressing towards your goals?
  • What are some strategies for networking and job/internship searching in this industry?
  • When have you had to self-advocate in your career?

Additional Resources

Definition:

Demonstrate personal accountability and effective work habits, e.g., punctuality, working productively with others, and time workload management, and understand the impact of non-verbal communication on professional work image. The individual demonstrates integrity and ethical behavior, acts responsibly with the interests of the larger community in mind, and is able to learn from his/her mistakes.

Reflection Questions:

  • Have you demonstrated personal accountability, integrity, and effective habits in jobs, school, involvement, etc.? Why or why not?
  • Are you aware of your industry’s standards for professional etiquette, interviewing, and professional attire?
  • Who is the most “professional” person you know? What makes this person fit that description? Do you consider this person a role model?

Example questions to ask your mentor:

  • What does professionalism look like in this industry (etiquette, attire, interviewing, etc.)?
  • What is the best course of action when your ethics are tested?
  • How do you balance your career and personal life, and what habits make balancing the two easier?

Additional Resources:

Please contact Anna Claire Stinson at annaclairestinson@auburn.edu or (334) 844-4744 with any questions or concerns about reaching out to mentors.

Last modified: August 3, 2020