Mentorship Guidelines

The Guidelines for Alumni-Student Mentorship Program

Dear mentors and mentees, in order to make the communication easier the Education Committee developed guidelines for the meetings. The guidelines are not mandatory to follow and just provide examples of possible topics to be covered.

Academics

A student might have some questions, tight situations regarding his/her academic performance. A mentor can advise specific core and elective courses which might be relevant to the chosen career path, and also additional skills which have to be practised, however they are not included in our schedules.

Some proactive students would like to consult how to manage their time, especially if they want to combine social involvement with successful studying. Questions concerning specialization vs. exchange semester might also arise.

Subtopics:
1. Most useful courses
2. Essential skills
3. Time management
4. Specialization
5. Exchange semester

Questions:
1. How can I work smarter?
2. If you could it all again, what would you do differently?
3. What did you do to live a balanced life?
4. What courses, in your opinion, should I put more emphasis more on?
5. If I want to work as…., which skills should I develop?
6. Could you, please, give some tips on how to pass successfully …… course?
7. Is it better to go for an exchange or to stay at SSE and choose a specialization?
8. Which country/ university could you suggest from the viewpoint of better preparation for the chosen career field?
9. If stay, which specializations to choose?
10. Is it better to work after graduation or to study in the Master’s program?

Job recruitment process

One more topic that may be discussed during the meetings is job recruitment process. Many students don’t have a lot of experience in applying for a job and don’t know current situation in the labor market. However, it is a very important thing, because while looking for an internship or after graduation they will face the problem of how to perform on the interview and what employers are looking for.

Therefore, getting some insights from mentors will be very helpful. While discussing this topic, a mentor can share his own experience in looking for a job and going through all the steps of recruitment process. Moreover, if a student is interested in, for example, banking sphere and the mentor works in banking, the latter may say what is the current situation on the labor market in banking, whether there are enough specialists or not, etc.

Subtopics:
1. CV
2. Interview
3. The situation in the labour market

Questions
1. How the mentor got employed in his current job?
2. What resources did he used while looking for a job?
3. What is the current situation on the labour market in the sphere in which the mentor works?
4. Some feedbacks from the mentor on companies in which the student is interested
5. How to prepare for the interview?
6. What to say and what not to say on the interview?

Job

At some point all graduates of SSE Riga will be employed in either private, public sector or even self-employed. And all these new employees will have to adapt to their workplace. So, to make this process more enjoyable, it would be nice to hear about the experience of mentors so that they won’t have to make these mistakes in the first place.

Subtopics
1. Adapting to the working life
2. The mistakes to avoid

Questions
1. If you had a chance to redo you first working experience, what would you choose to change?
2. What, in your opinion, makes a good employee? What will make a good impression on your boss?
3. What can make this transition from an auditorium to an office desk easier?
4. How to make your communication with colleagues more efficient?
5. Which tasks were given to you at first? What was required from you at first? How to make the most of such tasks?
6. How to organize my time in the office?