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Alumni Mentoring Program

WHAT IS IT?
The Cushing Academy Mentorship Program is designed to develop voluntary, one-on-one relationships among Cushing alumni to share knowledge, skill-sets, and perspectives.  The mentors will work to inspire excellence, be a role model, be an advisor, and be a coach to provide the mentee with opportunities to build his/her network, expand horizons, find new opportunities, and explore potential careers.  The mentor and mentee will form a supportive, professional relationship based upon the shared experience of attending Cushing Academy.
 
OBJECTIVE
To match Cushing alumni in a mentor-mentee relationship in order to provide quality career development opportunities while deepening and sustaining relationships within our alumni community.
 
EXPECTATIONS OF MENTOR
  • Develop a committed, reciprocal, respectful relationship with your mentee.  Please commit to providing your mentee the mutually-agreed upon time, energy, and expectations, therefore setting the framework for a successful and productive relationship. 
  • Be willing to get to know your mentee on a personal level in order to make the conversations interesting and rewarding.  Do not rely solely on “shop talk” to sustain the mentor-mentee relationship. 
  • Be willing to be a resource for your mentee.  Allow your personal and business experiences to help you to teach and advise while providing your mentee with a fresh perspective.  Share your professional contacts; introduce your mentee to new people, places, and ideas; and provide professional feedback. 
  • Be a source of encouragement in helping your mentee develop and achieve realistic and meaningful professional goals. 
  • Assist Cushing in continuing to improve upon the mentorship program by filling out a survey at the “end” of the mentor-mentee relationship.
 
EXPECTATIONS OF MENTEES
  • Be committed to a reciprocal, respectful relationship where you work within the times you and your mentor have agreed upon.  Hold to your commitments and put forth the appropriate effort to make the relationship a productive and rewarding one. 
  • Respectful of your mentor’s experiences, contacts, etc. 
  • Listen to your mentor’s advice, take the time to review that advice, and be open-minded in your discussions. 
  • Follow through on any job shadowing or internships the mentor has assisted in securing for you. 
  • Assist Cushing in continuing to improve upon the mentorship program by filling out a survey at the “end” of the mentor-mentee relationship
CAREERS OF VOLUNTEER MENTORS*
  • Athletics
    • Collegiate coach
    • High school coach (public and prep school)
    • Independent school athletic administration
    • Marketing
    • Olympic athlete
    • Operations
    • Public relations
    • Sales
  • Aviation
    • Helicopter pilot
  • Auto Industry
    • Regional dealership manager
  • Business
    • Family business owner
    • Research and development
    • Sales (multiple disciplines)
  • Communications
    • Marketing and advertising
    • Publishing and graphic design
  • Culinary
  • Education
    • Funning a youth hostel
    • Higher education administration
  • Federal Agent
    • IRS
    • Department of Defense Contractor
  • Finance
    • Financial advising
  • Health & Wellness / Medical
    • Mental health
    • Public health
    • Neurologist
    • Relationship management
  • Management
    • Hotel
    • Utility
  • Media
    • News Anchor
    • Trailer / TV spot production
    • Entertainment marketing
  • Non-profit
  • Politics
    • City Council
    • Social Service
  • Public sector
    • Business manager for DPW
  • Real estate
    • Residential
    • Resort
  • Technology
    • Technology advisor
    • Project management software and specialty hardware
    • Software and tech start-ups
*This list will be regularly updated as new mentors join the program
 
HOW TO BECOME A MENTOR OR MENTEE
If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact April Winter at awinter@cushing.org.  You will be paired with a mentee on an as needed / available basis.
 
If you are interested in becoming a mentee, please contact April Winter at awinter@cushing.org.  Even if you do not see the career you’re interested in, please reach out to April.  We will work towards finding a Cushing alumnus/a in that field who is willing to become a mentor.  You do not need to be a young alumnus/a to take advantage as we know career changes happen and we want this program to be of assistance to you as well.
We've created a few documents that may help you get started with mentoring.

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