While you can pursue a mentoring relationship at any point in your academic, professional, or personal development, you may enjoy specific benefits at certain points along your path. Examples are laid out below. 

First and Second Year Undergraduates

  • Make important connections early on in your university career
  • Receive guidance on how to successfully transition to university life
  • Assistance with  personal, professional and academic development
  • Deal more confidently with the challenges of academic courses and personal development opportunities 

Third and Fourth+ Year Undergraduates

  • Make career-related connections while in university
  • Complete research, a thesis, or other projects with mentor support
  • Receive guidance to successfully transition from university to your career or graduate school
  • Gain valuable experience through job shadowing and potential internships

Graduate and Professional Students

  • Gain insight into the nuances of how your discipline and career path operate academically, socially, and politically 
  • Experience a higher degree of success persisting in graduate school
  • Acquire a new body of knowledge and skills
  • Develop techniques for networking and collaboration 

Junior Faculty and Staff and Post Doc's

  • Gain perspective on how your department or organization operates 
  • Enjoy greater career mobility, increased satisfaction, and enhanced professional confidence
  • Grow your self-esteem and power in your job role
  • Continue your professional development in a supported manner

Senior Faculty and Staff

  • Continue your learning and stay abreast of new developments in your discipline and/or department 
  • Foster a sense of collaborative innovation within your network
  • Grow your understanding of potential career or academic paths beyond your current role
  • Engage in structured reflection to deepen your personal and professional development