Search for a Mentor
How do I search for a mentor?
Log into your Quest account, and select the Fredonia Career Connection tab. Browse the list of mentors and view their profiles to learn how they are willing
to help and whether or not they might be someone who could answer some of your questions.
Add selected mentors to your Favorites list. You can express your interest in connecting with a mentor by clicking the Interested button at the end of the mentor's profile.
What should I expect when I contact a mentor?
When you click the Interested button, an e-mail will automatically be sent to the mentor, indicating that you have
expressed interest in connecting with him/her. In return, you should receive an e-mail
from the mentor with Fredonia Career Connection in the subject line. Remember that the mentors are busy professionals, so it may
take a few (or several) days for them to respond. Be considerate of their time, and
be prepared for your communication. They may wish to communicate with you by e-mail,
by phone, or (occasionally) in person.
How do I prepare for my conversation with a mentor?
Think about what you hope to gain from your contact with a mentor. Prepare a list
of questions in advance, and research the career field and the organization at which
they work. That way, your time with the mentor can be spent gathering information
that is not readily available from other sources.
What questions do I ask?
- The CDO provides a list of possible questions to help you think about what to ask, but don't expect to ask all of them.
- Briefly tell the mentor a little about yourself (your major, class year, goals).
- Ask about the mentor - their career path, how they got started, how long they have
been in their position.
- Ask questions about their job and career field - describe a typical day, what they
like/dislike about it, what are typical entry level positions, the importance of internships.
- Get some advice - what job search strategies are most successful in this field, where
are jobs typically posted, what web sites or professional journals or associations
are recommended, what to look for in a good graduate program or internship.
What do I do after I connect with my mentor?
Send a thank you note to the mentor, expressing your appreciation for their time and
the helpful information you received!
If you have any additional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact the Career
Development Office at 716-673-3327 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.