Mentor FAQs

Q: Who can be a mentor?

A: KU J-School alumni who work, or have worked, in a journalism-related profession, who are willing to offer their time to advise students through whatever step they are currently taking, whether that be applying for internships or preparing to begin their career.

 

Q: Can I still mentor a student even though I just entered my career field?

A: Yes, you can! Our program accepts mentors from all levels of career, no matter the levels or years of experience. As a mentor, you can provide a student with insight and advice about your field and personal experiences, and it means so much more from someone who has “been there, done that!”

 

Q: What is the difference between a “Traditional Connection” and “Flash Mentoring?”

A: A traditional connection (also known as a long-term mentorship) is intended to last the duration of nine months, or one academic year, as for the mentor and mentee to complete a series of “career milestones” together. Flash mentoring is intended for shorter-term connections. At the minimum, it is expected that in a flash mentorship, the mentor and mentee will have at least one 30-minute meeting to discuss a specific event or topic, though you are not restricted to one meeting.

 

Q: How big of a time commitment is this?

A: In a traditional connection, it is recommended and expected that you communicate with your mentee at least once every six weeks.

 

Q: How will I contact my mentee?

A: Method(s) of communication should be agreed upon by you and your mentee. Communication may take place via email, phone, Skype, Google Hangouts or by meeting in person if you live in the Lawrence/Kansas City area. It is the obligation of the mentee to initiate conversation with the mentor.

 

Q: How will this be beneficial to me?  

A: Students who have mentors ultimately feel better prepared to begin their career--meaning you can help contribute to the incoming employees of your industry. Being a mentor is a great way to “give back” to the School of Journalism and offer students invaluable advice.

 

Q: Can I still participate if I don’t live in the Lawrence/Kansas City area?

A: Absolutely. Our graduates are looking to live and work in cities all over the world. We aim to connect students with mentors in the area which they are interested in living and working post-graduation.

 

Q: How do I sign up?

A: Visit mentoring.ku.edu and click “Join Our Community” to register. Make sure to select the Journalism hub. Once your profile is approved you will be matched with a mentee.