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KFUPM Mentorship Program

KFUPM Mentorship Program connects current KFUPM students and alumni, providing them with an easy way to form rewarding, mutually beneficial relationships that prepare students to be better employees, inspire them to stay connected with KFUPM, and motivate them to support the next generation of students. It brings together students and alumni from different majors and industries. The mentors and students meet regularly throughout the academic term to discuss everything from study habits to career choices.

Objectives:

  • Help students make the transition from an academic environment to the dynamics of work
  • Offer an opportunity for professional development, networking, and exchange of ideas between experts and the next generation of leaders

Mentors:

Successful alumni usually have the power to inspire, motivate, and support students. Their knowledge, experience, and insight will help students maximize their experience, and open their eyes to the opportunities and challenges they will face after graduation. This program is a way to give back to the university that has helped shape the future of the alumni and make a real and lasting impact. When an alumnus serves as a mentor, he should have a regular and direct contact with students to maximize the benefits of the program. While students benefit from the alumni’s experience and insight, students will expose the alumni to the new ideas that are shaping KFUPM today.

Mentees:

Mentor and mentee form supportive relationships built on the shared experience of joining KFUPM. They connect one-on-one in an environment oftentimes more relaxing than a classroom. Mentors will share personal experiences, offer advice, and answer complex questions. It is a valuable relationship based on action learning experiences that serves as an important complement to classrooms. In addition to sharing their own experiences and advice, mentors can introduce students to different geographies, industries, and job functions, opening their eyes to the different types of careers and experiences available to them upon graduation.

Who is Eligible to be a Mentor?

  • Is an alumnus of KFUPM
  • Is living within the Eastern Province
  • Is willing to assist the personal and professional development of students and provide feedback to the university
  • Is able to meet individually with students on a regular basis during the academic term
  • Is able to communicate effectively and positively
  • Is highly regarded within his field for integrity and professionalism
  • Has at least five years of experience

Who is Eligible to be a Mentee?

  • Is a senior student at KFUPM
  • Is willing to effectively participate in the program
  • Completes the Mentorship program application and passes the interview of the department of alumni relations
  • Priority will be for students with higher GPA scores

How the program works?

The mentors and students are expected to have five meetings per term for approximately one hour, using the communication tools that work best for both of them. The duration of the program is one semester for each group.

Alumni Relations department will match the students and mentors based on their preferences; as possible. This happens at the beginning of the academic term. Students and mentors will be notified about their match status no later than the second week of the academic term.

Alumni Relations department will work on the evaluation of the program by collecting feedback from both mentors and students that will be used as means of improving the program, mentors and mentees.

Recommended Topics to Discuss:

The actual mentoring that happens in any individual relationship will, of course, vary depending on the context. Discussions tend to be open-ended and are meant to bring clarity to difficult issues or dilemmas that the mentee may face. However, some might find that shared readings may be helpful to discuss. Some examples of common issues that can be triggered by the mentor are:

At the first meeting:

  • Discuss both of the mentor and mentee needs, goals, and expectations
  • Establish a schedule for future meetings in person

General topics:

  • Interview skills
  • Writing a master piece Résumé
  • Negotiating skills at work
  • Assist the mentee in completing a job application packet, portfolio, etc.
  • Time management
  • Mastering money skills
  • When it is important to say “yes” and learn how to say “no.”
  • Tips for staying up-to-date in one’s field
  • Tips and strategies for coping with feeling overextended and for achieving work/life balance
  • Shifting or changing career focus
  • Managing conflict in the work environment
  • Promotion or advancement within your place of practice (group, institution, etc.).
  • Discuss proper business etiquette