PCDS:Connect Mentorship Program FAQs

How much time does the program take?

Time commitments are set by the individuals involved. Once a mentor/mentee match has been agreed upon, it is recommended that pairs meet/speak at least once per month for approximately six months or until goals have been achieved.

How are mentees matched with alumni mentors?

Mentees search through the profiles of mentors and decide whom they would like to contact based on their interests. The PCDS:Connect software allows for email communication to happen through the program, and also provides free conference call set-up services for phone meetings. Mentors and mentees do not need to live in the same geographic area. During your first meeting or phone call, mentees should identify his/her objectives and specify what he/she is looking for in a mentor.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?

A mentor assists mentees with learning about career options and skills, which will improve their potential for success. Mentors share with mentees information about daily work involved in their career, explain different opportunities within the field, and provide information about their own path. Mentors may critique resumes and/or cover letters and offer other points of contact within their industry. Every six months, mentors will be asked to complete a brief survey regarding their mentor experience. These insights will help us shape the program.

What are the responsibilities of a mentee?

Be proactive! Mentees are responsible for advocating for their needs. Don’t be shy. Ask lots of questions and solicit candid feedback from your mentor – that’s what they’re there for. Mentees are responsible for maintaining professional confidentiality regarding the internal operations of the mentor’s organization if they are shared. 

Does the mentorship program lead to a job or internship?

PCDS:Connect involves no promise of future employment, but the program promotes professional networking, and many opportunities arise naturally from these connections. The more you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it.