Do Alumni Mentoring Relationships Have To Be Like ‘Marriages’?

For a while now i have noticeable two rather contradictory statistics.

On the one hand in an common alumni directory or network, we’ve noticeable 70% of alumni say they’re willing to be a mentor. This is an robust and steady statistic as noticeable across hundreds of thousands of our customers’ alumni networking and mentoring platforms.

Then again we now have obvious the numbers of alumni who simply formally enter right into a mentoring relationship to be, relative to this 70% number, greatly cut back.

So how can one provide an explanation for this difference?

One possible reply is that even though alumni are inclined to mentor others, they themselves don’t have a need for a mentor? Possible, however this goes in opposition to plenty of research out there from firms like Gallup that i have blogged about earlier.

An alternative and more probably answer is that our definition of what a mentoring relationship manner is obsolete.

For some mentoring relationships, be it alumni-alumni mentoring or alumni-pupil mentoring, are an intense, formal relationship that is ‘entered into’ virtually like marriage.

The truth is that almost all alumni mentoring relationships aren’t like that, and don’t ought to be like that. The reality is that the ‘marriage’ model of mentoring is compatible only for a minority of alumni and pupils looking for much more lengthy-time period advice and help.

I think most mentoring relationships absolutely have a diverse variety of intensity and formality.

Let me use the case be taught of Smith college of business in Canada. Please watch first their two minute movie on the strong mentoring community they have created utilising a platform powered making use of the alumni application from my manufacturer Graduway.

What is striking about the success that the Smith institution of business has had constructing this mentoring network is the sort of alumni and scholar networking experiences they’ve facilitated.

Sure they have enabled full ‘marriage’ style mentoring however they have also facilitated extra casual mentoring equivalent to being ‘to be had for a espresso’, ‘willing to make recommendation’ or offering to ‘make introductions to my connections’.

Correctly in case you seem at the number of targeted networking conversations then approximately 50% of the community has been concerned in some form of networking.

In relation to mentoring, we ought to nonetheless suppose in marriage, however might be we need to admire different varieties of relationships.

Alumni networks need to be less good defined and extra open to what alumni and pupils quite want.

I would welcome your thoughts.

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