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Mentor Match

Alumni Society

Six Steps to Success

You've attended Mentor Match. Now what? Here are six steps which will help you get the most out of your mentoring relationship.

1. Contact

You will be notified of your match about a week after Mentor Match. Look for an email from Rebekah Friedman (rebekahb@mailbox.sc.edu). We will provide you with the contact information of your mentor or mentee. Contact your match by Friday, Sept. 29. Though a year sounds like a long time, it will fly by! Don’t lose time by not contacting your match right away.

2. Meet

Schedule a face-to-face meeting within the next week if your mentor is local. Lunch or coffee would be good, or you can set up a meeting at your mentor’s office. Though you may have met at Mentor Match, this meeting will give you time to get to know each other and determine how you can help each other.

3. Exchange

Exchange resumes/biographies. Students, send your mentor your career goals. This is crucial for you to get the most out of the relationship. If you don’t have a resume, ask your mentor to help you write one. If you already have one, ask for their input on improving it. Your mentor is a great resource; use them!

4. Track Your Progress

Throughout the year, you and your mentor will receive emails from Mentor Match organizers. These emails will contain suggestions for different conversations or activities that you and your mentor can do together. Here is a list of suggested activities. Keep track of the ones that you complete together, as we will ask you to share your experiences periodically.

5. Feedback

Let us know how things are going. We want to hear about what’s working and what isn’t. This will help us to correct any issues or concerns as we move forward with Mentor Match each year. Your feedback is invaluable.

6. Share

Follow the college on Twitter: @UofSC_CIC. We’ll post news, tips and articles for Mentor Match participants using the hashtag #UofSCmentors. You’re encouraged to do the same! Tag us and let us know if you find a good resource, and share pictures of you and your mentor when you meet throughout the year.