GradFUTURES Mentor Collective
GradFUTURES has partnered with Mentor Collective, an online mentoring community, to launch a pilot mentorship program for Princeton Ph.D. students beginning in July 2020. Through this mentorship program, doctoral students will have ongoing access to a network of Princeton graduate alumni mentors, who will offer guidance and advice across a broad range of fields. Currently enrolled graduate students will be matched with a graduate alumni mentor based on common academic and professional interests, life challenges, and experiences.
Additionally, graduate students can use discussion guides and goal-setting activities to help spark meaningful conversations with their alumni mentors and others in their professional network. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice.
What do mentors and mentees discuss?
There are a number of topics you may choose to discuss with your alumni mentor. Establishing mutual goals and expectations with your mentor from the beginning will help guide conversations that will be the most valuable to you.
- How do I balance the demands of graduate school and family?
- How can I set myself up for research productivity and professional success?
- How can I build professional skills and competencies that will position me well for diverse career pathways
- How do I make connections with colleagues and professional contacts?
How can students get matched with a mentor?
We are accepting interest forms from graduate students and alumni mentors for the summer. Click one of the links below to access these forms. The summer 2020 pilot program is limited to 100 currently enrolled Princeton University graduate students, with priority given to advanced degree Ph.D. candidates. You will receive information in early July indicating whether you have been selected for the initial pilot group. (Based on the anticipated success of the summer 2020 pilot, we would plan future expansion to accommodate additional graduate students and mentors.)
How it Works
Graduate students will be matched with a personal alumni mentor based on common academic interests, career goals, life challenges, and experiences. They will learn how to overcome challenges, receive career advice and develop skills to become effective leaders. Graduate students may also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to help spark meaningful conversations with their mentors and other professionals.
The GradFUTURES Mentorship program is intended to:
- Provide graduate students with a structured means of initiating and maintaining a professional relationship with a graduate alum in which to receive 1:1 advice and support regarding the challenges of doctoral education and research; professional development strategies; and referrals to others to assist in building the graduate student’s professional network;
- Build connections and community between Princeton graduate students and graduate alumni who will share invaluable insights about their own academic and professional experiences, discuss the skills and competencies needed for career progression, and who will support graduate students in navigating their own personal and professional goals during these uncertain times.