IFA Mentors

IFA Mentors is a program that connects established alumni with current students and recent alumni to provide professional advice and support. To sign-up to be a mentor or mentee, please complete the short form below. Alumni living outside of New York or the United States are encouraged to participate as well.

What sort of commitment is involved with IFA Mentors?
The program is adaptable to the needs of individual participants. The extent of time contributed by mentors is dependent on their availability and chosen level of participation. As a mentor, you are able to select the number of students you wish to mentor, and determine the level of interaction you have with them. You can meet or speak to your mentee once, or continue to foster a professional relationship over time.

How are students matched to mentors?
Students are provided with a list of mentors that includes mentors’ name, professional title, place of business/self-employed and the city and state in which (s)he is located. Students decide who to contact based on their professional and academic interests. Students then contact the Office of Alumni Affairs with the name of the mentor they would like to contact. After the request is reviewed and approved, the student is provided with the alumni’s preferred contact information.

What are the responsibilities of a mentor?
A mentor gives students an “inside look” at career options and coaches them on the skills that will improve their success. Mentors encourage students to network with other professionals, educate students on the daily work involved in their careers, and talk about different options in the field. They may also review students’ resumes and give feedback.

What are some ways to effectively mentor a student?
There are a variety of ways to effectively mentor a student. For example, mentors can make themselves available for one or more of the following:

In-person Informational Interview – Students meet with a mentor to discuss his/her occupation, responsibilities, job functions and obtain career advice and strategies.

Phone Call – Students call a mentor for general career-related information.

Email – Students email a mentor with general career inquiries.

Skype/Face Time – Students utilize video chat resources in order to communicate with a mentor.

Job Shadowing – Students spend a day or portion of the day observing the mentor’s daily work routine, gaining a “real work setting” perspective on a potential career.

Resume Advice – Review student’s resume and offer advice on how best to relay their experience and expertise as it relates to their career goals.

Mock Interview – Perform a mock job interview with student.

Recommendations – After getting to know a student, a mentor may choose to recommend them to their place of business when appropriate.

Job Postings - Provide job opportunities to the Office of Alumni Affairs to be share with students, before they are made public

What are the responsibilities of a student?
Students must agree to following in order to participate in IFA Mentors:

  • •Act with utmost professionalism and respect
  • •Be punctual for meetings
  • •Use proper business etiquette when emailing and meeting with alumni
  • •Reply to alum’s emails/voice mails within 24 hours
  • •Arrive prepared with some knowledge of the alum as well as your questions and objectives for meeting
  • •Write a thank you note to alum and send promptly following your meeting

Once students gain access to IFA Mentors they are responsible for initiating contact with a mentor.

Does IFA Mentors lead to a job or internship?
IFA Mentors involves no promise of future employment; this program is designed to promote professional networking and provide students insight into the professional field.

To sign-up for IFA Mentors, as either a mentor or mentee, please click here to complete a short application.

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