Frequently Asked Questions for Mentors
What is a mentor?
A mentor is a KU alumnus/alumna or friend who has a desire to share their career and professional knowledge and experiences with fellow Jayhawks to assist them in their career and professional aspirations.
Am I eligible to mentor?
If you have at least three years of professional career experience and are willing to share your knowledge with fellow Jayhawks, you are eligible to serve as a mentor.
What experience is required to be a mentor?
You do not have to have any previous experience in mentoring, but we ask that you have at least three years of professional career experience.
What is the time commitment?
The time commitment will be dependent upon you and your mentee. It may be a single phone call, email or meeting, or you may decide to set a more structured schedule for meeting with each other.
Does the KU Alumni Association match me with a mentee?
No. All mentor/mentee relationships are facilitated by individuals through the mentor directory.
What kinds of things can I do with my mentee?
- Set mentoring goals together
- Discuss your own career path and the future of your career field
- Discuss training and educational opportunities for career advancement
- Discuss how to look for a job, where to search and what it takes to get ahead
- Give a mock job interview or provide constructive resume feedback
How do I register or update my information in the mentor community?
You’ll need to register online (click here for step-by-step instructions to register and log in) to update your information. On the mentoring tab in your profile, check the box “enable my mentoring profile” to be added to the mentor directory. Be sure that your career and employment is up-to-date to better serve alumni who are looking for mentors.
Is there a limit to the number of times I can be contacted by mentees?
No. However, if you feel you are receiving too many requests from mentees, you can uncheck the box “enable my mentoring profile” on your alumni profile, which will remove you from the mentor directory.
The mentor directory uses a blind email system for the initial contact, so you can be confident that mentees do not have your direct contact information unless you have otherwise provided it.
What should I do if I receive improper contact from a mentee?
If you receive improper contact from a mentee, such as requests for jobs or other inappropriate requests, please contact David Johnston, director of marketing and internet services, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785.864.4764, or Heath Peterson, director of alumni programs, at email@example.com or 785.864.9797.