Providing a college student with a peer mentor can be a very rewarding and beneficial experience. Therefore, to ensure that mentees reap the greatest benefit from this relationship, mentees are asked to abide by the following program structure.
- Each mentee will be assigned a mentor. Most mentees will be in a mentorship “pod,” consisting of a mentor and a fellow mentee. Mentorship groups should meet at minimum, once every month. Mentors should meet individually with each of their mentees once a month.
- Mentees will be the “drivers” of the group. This includes initiating contact with mentors to set up meeting times and coming to the meetings with questions and topics to discuss.
- The formal mentorship period will last one semester, but mentorship groups are encouraged to stay in touch after the mentorship period has concluded.
- Mentees should focus (but are not limited to) questions to mentors on the following topics:
- Auburn MAcc Program and application
- Accounting recruiting process
- Internship experience
- ACCT coursework
- Outside of regular meeting times, mentees will have the opportunity to email or text their mentors questions that need answering prior to the next live meeting.
- Mentees should act professionally while meeting with their mentor.
- Mentees should be advised that recruitment is not the purpose of this program; it is established to help mentees grow academically and professionally. There should not be any expectation that a mentor will provide a mentee with opportunities with his/her employer.
- Each mentee should update their meeting report after every regular meeting time. Mentees should turn in their completed report form before the end of the semester to email@example.com.
- Mentees will sign the Mentorship Agreement, committing to a semester of being mentored.
- Mentees will provide feedback to the MAcc VP of Mentorship at the end of the mentorship period about ways to further improve the structure.
- Mentees may be removed from the mentorship program if they do not abide by the aforementioned structure.
Mentors and Mentees will be matched based on criteria such as hobbies/interests, location preference, and desired firm size.
As Mentees are expected to be the “drivers” of the mentoring relationship, they are expected to reach out and coordinate meeting times with their mentor. After one time of a mentee not reaching out to a mentor to schedule a meeting time, or not showing up to a mentor meeting, the mentor should notify the MAcc VP of Mentorship to resolve the issue. A mentee will then have to set up a meeting to discuss why he/she did not fulfill their mentee obligation. After two missed meetings, the mentee will be removed form the mentorship program.
All mentors and mentees are expected to act in a professional manner in their mentoring relationships. This includes but is not limited to:
- Treating your mentor/mentee with respect
- Not dating your mentor/mentee
- Not meeting with your mentee/mentor at a bar
- Accepting points of improvement politely
Mentors will be given a $50 gift card to be spent on mentorship meetings throughout the semester (for use in their "pod"). After the $50 is exhausted, mentors and mentees will be financially responsible if they choose to meet over a meal.