Career Services

Mentor Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: What sort of time commitment is involved in mentoring?

    A: Seattle University's Mentor Programs offer several options for getting involved as a mentor, so the time commitment depends on the ways mentors choose to be involved.  Mentors can participate in as many of these programs as they want.

    • Mentors in the Redhawk Network Mentor Database determine for themselves the amount of time and the number of times per quarter they are willing to be contacted, based on their own availability. As a mentor in the database, you set both the number of times you want to be contacted and the kinds of mentoring activities you want to do so the time commitment is up to you.
    • Mentors in our Alumni & Community Mentor Bureau express interest in helping out with specific events or activities that match their expertise, but are not part of the database that mentees can search.  Mentors in this group receive periodic invitations from Career Services and decide on a case by case basis whether to participate and the time commitment depends on the needs of the event or program.
    • Structured Mentor Programs match mentors and mentees for specified periods of time that enable the accomplishment of defined learning objectives. Each Structured Mentor Program is different and before a mentor is matched with a mentee, the time requirements of the program will be communicated to the mentor.

    Q: How are mentees matched to mentors?

    A: Mentors in the Redhawk Network Mentor Database are able to self-select the information they wish to mentees to see in their mentor profile. Mentees then conduct a search of the database using their Redhawk Network accounts. Students decide which mentors to contact based on their professional and academic interests.

    Mentors in the Alumni & Community Mentor Bureau are not matched.  They participate on a case by case basis in events or programs of interest to them.

    Mentors and mentees in Structured Mentor Programs are matched by the academic department or program sponsoring the structured program.  Matching is at the discretion of the departmental personnel overseeing the program.

    Q:What are the responsibilities of mentors?

    A: Mentors give mentees an inside look at career options and professional paths available in their fields of interest.  Mentors coach mentees skills to improve their success and ask questions to prompt mentees' self-exploration. Mentors encourage (and occasionally facilitate) mentees to network with other professionals and offer suggestions on how mentees might expand their professional networks.

    Q:What are the responsibilities of mentees?

    A: Mentees must partake in a brief mentee orientation/appointment to gain access to the mentor database or to participate in a structured program.  These orientations/appointments focus on setting expectations, selecting mentors who are a good fit for them, and reinforcing standards for networking and professionalism.  Once mentees gain access to the mentor database, they are responsible for initiating and maintaining contact with a mentor.

    Q: I'm interested in serving as a mentor, but I'm not sure that I have enough experience to be a mentor.  How do I know if mentoring is right for me?

    A: Mentors can possess any level of professional experience - there is no minimum level of experience.  Mentees may have questions that would be best answered by a recent graduate or by a seasoned professional and it is up to the mentee to select mentors whose profiles best meet their needs. Take a look at our Mentor Guide for suggestions if you are new to mentoring.

    Q: Does the mentor program lead to a job or an internship?

    A: Participation in Seattle University mentor programs involves no promise or expectation of future employment.  These programs are designed to promote professional networking and resource sharing.  Occasionally professional opportunities may arise as mentor/mentee relationships evolve, but the ability to offer such opportunities is not a prerequisite for participation.