School of Journalism and Communication
Journalism and Communication Alumni Association
Mentorship Program 2013
The Mentorship Program is jointly organized by the School of Journalism and Communication and its Alumni Association. Through the mentor-mentee connections, students are given special opportunity to closely associate with the working professionals (mentors) who can act as their role models, advisors, brothers/sisters and friends. Students can make good use of the program to learn and fully develop their mentality, virtue and potentials to excel in their academic/future professional endeavor. We also hope that the Mentorship Program can establish a long-term and mutually-beneficial relationship between mentors and mentees.
The Mentorship Program was first launched in 2007. Both mentors and mentees commented that the Mentorship Program had created a magnificent platform for them to interact and share their life values and experience in their career. The Program was a fruitful collaboration among students, alumni and the School.
Mentors are appointed on an honorary basis. They are professional and experienced alumni working in various industries, such as electronic and print media, public relations, advertising, media management, and the government. A mentor normally takes care of one to three mentees. The mentorship Program is basically for the undergraduate students.
Benefits of Mentees
- Have clearer pictures on the real practice of the profession
- Obtain insights and advice on future career development
- Be enlightened on life wisdom, values, goals and expectations
- Gain a wider exposure and interpersonal network
Benefits of Mentors
- Maintain better connections with the School of Journalism and Communication
- Gain inspirations from younger students’ thinking and aspirations
- Keep up with the trends and establish a wider interpersonal network with the youth
- Have the satisfaction of knowing that they are playing a role in the development of a young, inquisitive mind
- Mentors and mentees should attend the Mentorship Program Launching Party cum First Mentor-Mentee Meeting to be held in November 2012. The School will send invitations to you later.
- Mentees should actively invite mentors to attend the University/School/Alumni Association’s activities together, e.g. alumni dinner, homecoming activities, seminars and workshops.
- It is recommended that mentors and mentees should meet at least THREE times during the whole mentoring period. Mentees are encouraged to take initiatives to organize gatherings and invite mentors to attend.
- The gatherings can be lunch, dinners, happy hours, workplace visits, or University campus visits.
Guidelines for Mentors
- Maintain steady communication flow through emails, phone calls and gatherings.
- Be a good listener and genuinely interested in the discussion.
- Be approachable. Let mentees know when the best time to contact you is.
- Respect the privacy of your mentees by keeping their personal issues confidential.
- Any preaching of religion or persuasion of political stance should be avoided.
- Treat your mentees as young brothers/sisters instead of subordinates.
- Share lunch/dinner bills with your mentees.
Guidelines for Mentees
- Respect your mentor.
- Always take initiatives to contact your mentor by emails and phone calls. Do not call your mentor before 9 am and after 9 pm.
- Make appointments with your mentor, be punctual and give priority to the meeting.
- Come up with some topics for discussion in advance of each meeting.
- Make a constructive record on how your mentor helps you to achieve your goals.
- Don’t be too emotional when seeking advice from your mentor.
- Respect the privacy of your mentor. Do not ask questions that are too personal, e.g. salary, company revenue, etc.
Students who apply for the Mentorship Program have to submit information on personal details, planned career path, their expectations and hobbies. Mentors also express their expectations on the Program and their mentees. The School will base on the information provided to do the matching. All the information collected is kept confidential and will be used only for the mentor-mentee matching process. Mentees’ personal particulars will be sent to mentors to facilitate future contact.