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Hokie Mentorship Connect

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  • Hokie Mentorship Connect (HMC) enables Virginia Tech students to connect with alumni who have volunteered to offer career-related support, fellowship and networking. Faculty and staff may also participate.
  • Mentorship: Options for six-month structured mentorship, or one-time contacts, called flash mentorship.
  • Discussion boards: Based on career interests and industries.
  • Projects: Alumni offer short-term, virtual projects for students.

Undergraduate students:

Be a mentee. Seek alumni mentors based on career interests, and reach out for information and guidance.

Graduate students:

Be a mentee. If you are also an alumnus / alumna, you can offer to mentor; see information for alumni.

Alumni:

Be a mentor. Participation is easy and flexible. Choose mentoring options that fit your schedule, join discussion boards, offer project work to students.

Faculty and staff:

Be a mentor. You may observe, join, or lead a discussion board. Encourage your students to seek mentoring and participate in discussion boards.

Learn more: Benefits and quick tips for signing up:

Benefits to undergraduate students:

  • Ability to obtain inside information from a professional about a career field, industry or specific company, including work environment, skills needed, and career paths.
  • Opportunity to ask questions and gain insight regarding how to seek and market yourself better for a job or internship.
  • Better preparation for entering the workplace.
  • Enhanced goal-setting, interviewing, professional competencies and résumé skills.
  • Professional-skills development and networking opportunities.
  • Access to first-hand viewpoints and previous student experiences.
  • Access to a professional network.
  • Individual interaction with a professional.
  • Exposure to new experiences and points of view.
  • Honest, thoughtful advice and feedback.
  • Assistance in identifying positions or employers to pursue.

Benefits to graduate students:

  • Acquire a body of knowledge and skills.
  • Engage the curiosities and energies of established and well experienced minds.
  • Develop techniques for collaborating and networking.
  • Keep abreast of new research, knowledge, paradigms, and techniques.
  • Gain perspective on how a discipline operates academically, socially, and politically.
  • Cultivate with possible collaborators for current or future projects.
  • Acquire a sense of scholarly citizenship by grasping their roles in a larger educational enterprise.
  • Enjoy the personal and professional satisfaction inherent in mentoring relationships.
  • Deal more confidently with the challenges of intellectual work.
  • Increase support network outside of graduate school.

Benefits to alumni mentors

  • Opportunity to embrace UT PROSIM as a way of life as you give back to Virginia Tech by serving as a mentor or engaging in discussion boards.
  • Ongoing attention to personal career development.
  • Satisfaction from imparting wisdom and experience to others interested in the profession.
  • Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership and management skills.
  • Chance to be exposed to diversity of thought, style, personality and culture.
  • Feedback loop to students and program regarding curriculum needs.
  • Increased knowledge of on-campus activities and events.
  • Share valuable professional experience and information that you wish that you had known when you were going through the same process.
  • Growth and development while learning from Virginia Tech students.
  • A lasting and increased career network.
  • You can volunteer to serve as a mentor.
  • With discussion boards, you can be a silent observer, you can choose to participate, and you can request to lead a new discussion board.
  • You can encourage or assign your students to use HMC for flash mentorships to do informational interviews.
  • Again, when you sign up, you'll be given all the information you need about how to use HMC.
  • Go to HMC sign-up.
  • You are welcome to request a presentation for a class about mentoring and HMC, and to request marketing materials. See contact for HMC.

For students, both undergraduate and graduate level:

All current VT students are welcome to use HMC.

First-time sign-up:

  • Signing up does not commit you to do anything specific in HMC. It's your first step to explore the options.
  • Two options for first-time sign-up :
    • 1. Choose "VT login" when you sign up. You must use your VT email address when you sign up.
    • 2. Select the "LinkedIn" option to initially auto-fill some of the sign-up information from your LinkedIn account. See more about using the LinkedIn option (MS Word download).
  • When you sign up, you'll be given all the information you need about how to use HMC.
  • Go to HMC sign-up.
  • If you would like an appointment to talk about whether and how to use HMC, you are welcome to make an advising appointment (topic: mentorship).

For alumni:

All alumni who have completed a Virginia Tech degree are welcome to partipcate in HMC.

First-time sign-up:

  • Signing up does not commit you to do anything specific in HMC. It's your first step to explore the options.
  • Two options for first-time sign-up:
    • 1. Choose "Email" when you sign up.
    • 2. Select the "LinkedIn" option to initially auto-fill some of the sign-up information from your LinkedIn account. See more about using the LinkedIn option (MS Word download).
  • When you sign up, you'll be given all the information you need about how to use HMC.
  • Go to HMC sign-up.

Using HMC and time commitment:

  • Flash mentorship could take 15 minutes of your time, or less.
  • A six-month structured mentorship could involve meetings monthly, weekly, or some other schedule. The student who reaches out to you will request a time commitment, and you can accept or decline that.

For faculty and staff:

All Virginia Tech faculty and staff are welcome to partipate in HMC.

First-time sign-up:

  • Signing up does not commit you to do anything specific in HMC. It's your first step to explore the options.
  • You do not need to be an alumnus / alumna of VT to sign up.
  • Two options for first-time sign-up :
    • 1. Choose "VT login" when you sign up. You must use your VT email address when you sign up.
    • 2. Select the "LinkedIn" option to initially auto-fill some of the sign-up information from your LinkedIn account. See more about using the LinkedIn option (MS Word download).
  • When you sign up, you'll be given all the information you need about how to use HMC.
  • Go to HMC sign-up.

Contact about Hokie Mentorship Connect:

For all questions and requests, please email cpdmentorship@vt.edu.

Hokie Mentorship Connection staff:
Ms. Joy Capers
Assistant Director, Mentorship Program
Career and Professional Development
Virginia Tech