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.
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.