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Getting Started

Setting the Tone for Our Mentorship Partnership

There are a few essential questions to ask before embarking on your mentorship relationship. This gives you a set of questions to help guide a conversation to be sure you're both on the same page.

Mentorship Agreement Form

This agreement is really just a list of talking points. This document is meant to be an exercise to ensure that both the mentor and mentee have clearly defined expectations and goals.

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For Mentees

Meeting Management: How to Make the Most of Your First and Last Five Minutes

Want to make the most of your meeting with your mentor? Use these first impression and meeting management tips developed by Dave Ryan ’84 MBA.

Sample Agenda for First Meeting

Use this sample agenda to guide your first conversation with your mentor.

Ice Breaker Exercise

Not sure what to talk about during your first meeting? Use this set of questions to help break the ice!

Sample Message to a Mentor (for student mentees)

Unsure of what to say in your first message to a potential mentor? Use this template to construct your introductory email.

Career Exploration: Questions to Ask Your Mentor

Ready to deep dive into exploring potential career paths? Use this handout to guide a conversation with your mentor about exploring career fit, how to prepare for a career in a specific industry, and more.

How to Be a Good Mentee: 7 General Guidelines

Check out these seven general guidelines on how to be the best mentee you can be, developed by Alexandra Levit '98, business and workplace author and consultant.

Goal Setting: What is a SMART Goal?

Not sure what a SMART Goal is? Look no further! This sheet will give you definitions and examples.

Goal Setting: Essential Questions to Ask to Facilitate the Goal-Setting Process

Articulating clear goals is critical to the success of a mentorship relationship. These questions are meant to probe the mentee to stimulate deeper thinking and reflection and facilitate the goal-setting process.

Goal Setting: SMART Goals Worksheet and Checklist

Use this worksheet and checklist to help you set your SMART goals.

Closure Conversation Discussion Guide

Use this discussion guide to help facilitate a closure conversation and celebrate the end of a successful mentorship relationship!

How to Create a Complete and Compelling Student Profile

Looking for some tips on how to make your profile robust and compelling? Look no further! Check out our suggestions for how to make your profile as complete and appealing to mentors as possible.

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For Mentors

How to Be a Good Mentor: 7 General Guidelines

Check out these seven general guidelines on how to be the best mentor you can be, developed by Alexandra Levit '98, business and workplace author and consultant.

How to Create a Complete and Compelling Alumni Profile

Looking for some tips on how to make your profile robust and compelling? Look no further! Check out our suggestions for how to make your profile as complete and appealing to mentees as possible.

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For Mentors and Mentees

The Mentorship Mindset: Reminders and Advice for Mentors and Mentees

These are tips for making the most of your mentorship relationship!

Suggested Activities and Discussion Topics

Looking for activities or topics to discuss with your mentor/mentee? This list of suggestions will give you all kinds of ideas!

Student Resources

This is a list of resources available for Northwestern students. Mentors: This list is intended to help you locate on-campus resources available to your student mentee.

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Do You Know About Our Career Webinars?

The Northwestern Alumni Association believes in life-long career development to help you maintain your professional edge. Through the NAA webinars, an online learning experience, we give alumni and students the chance to hear from experts as they discuss topics such as crafting your story, making an industry or function change, managing employees, taking the entrepreneurial plunge and more. Because these webinars are available online, you can access them anywhere and as often as you want.

Webinars are either free or have a nominal fee of $5 to bring the most diverse speakers and topics to you. Start watching now!

Browse the NAA webinars here.

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Look to Northwestern Career Advancement for Helpful Resources

The NCA offers resources for mentors and mentees, including:

  • Learning About Yourself
  • Resume Building
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Networking
  • Using Social Media in the Job Search
  • Interviewing
  • And more!

Visit the NCA website here.