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.
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*
- Collegiate coach
- High school coach (public and prep school)
- Independent school athletic administration
- Olympic athlete
- Public relations
- Auto Industry
- Regional dealership manager
- Family business owner
- Research and development
- Sales (multiple disciplines)
- Communications and Marketing
- Broadway show marketing
- Marketing and advertising
- Publishing and graphic design
- Funding a youth hostel
- Higher education administration
- Federal Agent
- Department of Defense Contractor
- Health & Wellness / Medical
- Mental health
- Public health
- Relationship management
- News Anchor
- Trailer / TV spot production
- Entertainment marketing
- City Council
- Social Service
- Public sector
- Real estate
- Retail investments
*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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com
. 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.