• To benefit from having a mentor, you need to be proactive.
  • Write your mentor within a day of the e-introduction. Here is a sample email:

Dear [first name],

Thank you for agreeing to be my mentor.  I was hoping we could talk in the next week or so.  I would be interested in learning more about your experiences at CWRU and your career path.  Also, I could use your advice about [chose a topic.]

Please let me know how it would be most convenient to talk and please suggest some times you will be available.

I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,
[your name]

  • Learn more about your mentor by reading his or her LinkedIn profile and other professional information about him or her on the internet.
  • Prepare questions to ask your mentor. You can ask questions that will help you with planning or decision-making you are doing at the time. You can also ask general questions like these:
    • How did you get into this field?
    • Where did you work before your current employer?
    • What is a typical career path in this field?
    • What are some good tips for an internship/job search in this field?
    • What other classes/majors would you recommend for someone looking to enter this field?
    • What other activities might I participate in that may help me prepare for this field?
    • How important is it to pursue an advanced degree in this field?
    • Would you recommend obtaining an advanced degree?
    • If so, which programs or schools may be stronger in this field?
    • From the research I’ve done so far, I’ve developed a list of organizations/companies I am interested in. Can you tell me which you most recommend and why?
    • I have a copy of my resume. Would you look at it and let me know what you think?
    • Can you recommend the names of two other people with whom I should talk?

(adapted from Career Search Guide)

  • Check in with your mentor at least once a semester to update him or her on your plans and ask follow-up questions.
  • These resources contain additional useful information about networking and the broader topics of job-searching and career-planning:

Career Search Guide

The Student Job-Hunting Handbook 

     Tips for Job Seekers