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Student Mentoring Program with Alumni

Learn what it's like to be an engineer from a UK Engineering graduate!

The College of Engineering's Alumni Mentor Program matches a current engineering student with a UK engineering graduate from the same major.  The mentor and mentee communicate during the academic year to discuss questions about what an engineering workplace is like, the multiple career pathways you can take as an engineer, current engineering projects, their experience as a UK student, and how to connect what you're doing as a student with what you would do as a professional engineer.  

For Current Students/Mentees:

As a mentee, you will share your current UK Engineering experience with your mentor, and bring them your questions about the professional engineering world.  Your mentor will talk with you about what it's like to be an engineer in your major, share their career path and UK experience, introduce you to their engineering workplace, and answer any questions you have about their field.    

Your mentor will be an engineering professional with whom you can discuss your questions and interests.  You will set a meeting frequency (monthly, bimonthly, etc.) and mode (in-person, Skype, Zoom, phone, email, etc.) that is convenient for both of you.  At those meetings your mentor will share their professional and career experience with you; show you what their workplace is like; introduce you to other engineers they work with; talk with you about your UK engineering experience; and answer any questions you have about working in their field. 

You and your mentor will be matched for one academic year (approximately September through April).  You are welcome to stay in contact with your mentor once the program is officially over.

The Alumni Mentor Program is completely free.  Your mentor donates their professional time to you.

I have learned a lot about industry that I wouldn’t learn in school.

It was great to get new perspectives on my mentor’s career path and the passions that led him to where he is today.

Correspondence with my mentor is always super encouraging, and filled with good advice.

It has definitely been a great learning experience to better understand the applications of my major.

The best part of the mentor program was relating to my mentor as a person.  Talking candidly about the industry has been most helpful.

You are a great candidate if you want to learn more about what it would be like to be an engineer; enjoy exploring new interests; want to see how engineers work together on projects; would enjoy getting to know an engineer as a person; want to learn how to succeed in the industry; have a lot of questions; and are willing to take the initiative to set up meetings with your mentor; and have the time to commit to a monthly meeting with your mentor.

Students can apply for the Alumni Mentor Program here. Priority student applications for the Alumni Mentoring Program will be accepted through August 10, 2020.  Students will be notified of their mentor match by early September 2020.  Applications received after August 10 will be placed on a standby list.  If you are on the standby list and a mentor is found for you, you will be notified by mid-September 2020.  

For more details, download the Student Handbook here. 
If you have further questions please contact Susan Herrick, Director of Student Success, at slherr1@uky.edu.


For Mentors:

As a mentor, you will share your work experience, professional knowledge and expertise, personal career path, and interests with your student mentee.  

We ask that you commit to meeting with your mentee regularly (once a month, bimonthly, etc.) in whatever format is mutually convenient (in person, Skype, Zoom, phone, email, etc.) from September through April.  Your supportive, consistent, and benevolent presence is very important for the success of your mentee!

Current issues in the profession

Your personal career path and experience

Types of businesses/employers

Career tracks and exploration

What a “typical” day is like for an engineer

How to look for and get a job

The most popular activities with students are:

Site visits to your workplace

Being introduced to other engineers you work with

Hands-on exposure to an active project (when possible)

Discussions about how your industry works (collaboration, difficulties, etc.)

Sharing of knowledge about how to seek and obtain a job

Talking about possible career paths

Desire to help students grow and develop professionally

Interest in student’s academic, professional, and personal goals and interests

Patience with students who are still developing their skills and exploring/defining their interests

Willingness to view and interact with student as a whole person (not just as an engineer)

Reassuring manner

Comfort with interpersonal communication

Appreciation for/sympathy with the difficulties students face

Willingness to learn from and about students’ experiences

Excitement about your professional work

Mentors can apply by clicking here. Alumni applications for the 2020-2021 Alumni Mentoring Program will remain open through the month of August. 

For more information please review our Mentor Handbook. If you have further questions about the program, please contact Susan Herrick, Director of Student Success, at slherr1@uky.edu.