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, mentors are asked to abide by the following program structure.
- Each mentor will be assigned two mentees (mentorship "pod"). Mentorship groups should meet, at minimum, once a month. Additionally, mentors should meet individually with each of their mentees once per month. The formal mentorship period will last one semester, but mentorship groups are encouraged to stay in touch after the mentorship period has concluded.
- In addition to the mandated live meetings, mentors should be available to answer any questions (via email or text) that arise in the interim.
- Mentors will sign the Mentorship Agreement committing to a semester of mentoring.
- Mentors should focus (but are not limited to) guidance to mentees on the following topics:
- Auburn MAcc Program and application
- Accounting recruiting process
- Internship experience
- ACCT coursework
- Mentors should be cognizant to eliminate employer bias when mentoring students. Recruitment is not the purpose of this program; it is established to assist the undergraduates’ growth academically and professionally.
- Benefits to the mentor include (but are not limited to):
- Knowing you have a direct impact on the success of a fellow student
- Hone coaching and feedback providing skills necessary in the professional world
- Mentors will provide feedback to the MAcc VP of Mentorship at the end of the mentorship period about ways to further improve the 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.