Build your network. Build your community. Build your career.
Developing meaningful relationships and community building are at the heart of crafting a career. The Mentor Network program is designed to connect students nearing the end of their time in school to industry professionals and networks who can help provide guidance and support during the transition from student to alumni.
Who are the mentors?
Network mentors are Berklee alumni volunteering their time and expertise for the enhancement of career exploration and community building. Network mentors can help to provide:
- career-related information from a working professional;
- a behind-the-scenes look at a specific career;
- answers regarding work-life balance, salary and benefits, and the negative aspects of a particular job; and
- feedback on your résumé, an expanded network, and job or internship leads.
Who are the mentees?
Mentees are motivated and focused students at Berklee College of Music (Boston campus) and Boston Conservatory at Berklee in their final semesters of their undergraduate or graduate degree programs.
What is expected of me as a participant?
Mentees and their mentors are required to participate in the entire program, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The expectation is that there will be regular and frequent contacts between mentor and mentee, with both aiming for a minimum of two connections per month. Even a quick exchange via email, phone call, or text can make a big difference in building a strong and meaningful relationship.
How do I apply?
To participate, prospective mentees will need to submit a mentor matching survey, which will be open for submissions beginning in February 2021 and closing in March 2021. Information about the application will be sent to eligible students via their Berklee email address. Prospective alumni mentors will receive communication directly from Alumni Affairs.
Please note that this program is not intended or designed to create job offers.
Mentor Network: Information
The Mentor Network program is meant to connect current students to alumni professionals outside of their campus experiences, to expand social and professional networks, and build community among other mentees in the program. In conjunction with the Office of Alumni Affairs, and with additional support from the admissions alumni ambassadors, this program will combine existing mentors who are interested in increasing their work with current students and recent graduates.
Who can participate in the program?
What topics can be discussed at meetings?
A mentor session is an opportunity to discuss things one wouldn’t necessarily ask in a job interview setting. These topics can include, but are not limited to:
- work-life balance;
- salary and benefits; and
- an insider perspective on specific industries and fields.
Mentors can also give feedback on résumés (if they ask to see them) and make suggestions regarding professional contacts and employment opportunities.
- Mentors can coach you about career opportunities.
- Mentors may review/consider portfolios and/or résumés.
- Mentors can help steer the wants/needs of mentees.
- Mentees drive the wants/needs in the relationship.
- Mentors are not job recruiters.
- Mentors are not there to do any work for the mentee.
How are mentors matched to mentees?
The matching process is personal and done through a combination of student application review, displayed interest, and career goals. The mentors interested in participating are vetted in advance by members of the Career Center and Alumni Affairs teams, and come from a pool of personal and professional alumni connections. All mentees and mentors will submit a mentor matching survey in order to be eligible to participate. To ensure that a basis of trust can develop between the mentor and mentee, it is necessary for both parties to be satisfied with the match.
How long does mentoring continue?
The mentoring program lasts the duration of the summer, beginning with a kickoff event at the beginning of the program and ending with a culminating event. Between these events, one-on-one meetings are held between the mentor and mentee, and are scheduled between the two participants. As an additional part of the program, the mentees will be invited to professional workshops, networking events, and programs throughout the summer.
The 2021 program runs from Memorial Day (May 31, 2021) to Labor Day (September 6, 2021).
Have other questions? Check out our FAQs page for more information.
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