Promo 4:30 Minutes
The MentorConnect Program connects students with professionals to provide students on an online platform with increased career awareness and opportunities for networking. Students may also have their resumes reviewed or participate in a mock interview. Students are allowed to choose their preferred mentor through MentorConnect.
Brigham Young University Hawaii has students from more than 70 different countries who chose to gain an education overseas. BYU-Hawaii's mentorship program was pioneered by the Professional Mentorship Program which encouraged students to network with professionals and learn to become a leader, as BYU-Hawaii states "Enter to learn, go forth to serve." In 2014, the program shifted to an online platform called MentorConnect which enables students and mentors to connect in an online space, thus enabling easier connection for students and mentors around the world.
3. BECOME A MENTOR
To join MentorConnect, simply register using your LinkedIn account or an email at: http://byuhmentorconnect.evisors.com/registration.
Here are a few exciting features of this program:
- Choose your services – Choose how you’d like to interact with the students: career chats, resume critiques or mock interviews.
- Schedule your availability – Set times when you are available. Students will be able to see you availability when scheduling a mentoring session. Away from the office for a while? Set your profile to “Away” and you will not receive requests to mentor during that time.
- Connect within the system – At the time of your scheduled session the platform will initiate a bridge call to you, as the mentor, and the student. Please realize that when you register as a mentor, you will be asked for a phone number. The number is only used for MentorConnect to initiate the bridge call.
- Protects your information – Because all conversation is done within the system, your personal phone number and email are kept private.
- All mentoring consultations within BYU-H MentorConnect are FREE of charge to our students. However, if you’d like to offer your service OUTSIDE of MentorConnect, you may become a mentor on the Evisors platform and mentor others for a fee.
4. HOW CAN A STUDENT GET A MENTOR?
Students register for access HERE. Later students can login at byuhmentorconnect.evisors.com using their email. Once in MentorConnect, students can filter the mentors according to function, industry, employer, service, location, university, or language. When a mentor is identified, book a consultation by proposing three meeting times. If the mentor is available during one of those times, the mentor will accept and your consultation will be scheduled. If the mentor is not available, the mentor may chose to propose three additional times or they may decline the invitation. Students will be notified as soon as the mentor accepts or declines. At the time of your consultation the system will call you and the mentor in a bridge call. Please wait on the line until the other party picks up.
Students may choose to connect through phone or using a microphone on a computer or tablet. Once a consultation is scheduled, each individual will have a "meeting place" where they can communicate prior to the consultation and change their settings (phone number or device). If something comes up which does not allow you to make the scheduled consultation, you can cancel or reschedule in this "meeting place."
5. Tips for a successful consultation
- Be prepared to briefly introduce yourself professionally - you may attach your resume prior to the consultation for them to get to know you. You may wish to practice a "Me in 30 seconds" as a way to introduce yourself.
- Prior to your session think of your purpose for talking with a particular mentor. Would you like to learn more about the industry, the company, the career path, etc? You may consider emailing the purpose to your mentor prior to your engagement so that you mentor will know what you'd like to accomplish in a limited time.
- Respect the mentor's time commitment by planning and preparing topics of discussion. Prepare specific, intelligent and productive questions that can guide your discussion.
- Remember to keep the conversation professional. DO NOT ask personal questions or ask a mentor for job placement or internship.
- Strive to be a receptive and active listener
- Show appreciation for the time and assistance given by the mentor.
"I really liked how it gave me an opportunity to get in contact with
someone who has already experienced what I am going through right now
and can give me some advices and mentoring, which I would not have had
the chance otherwise. I like the process of it all; it is very easy and
quick to process. The responses were very prompt."
"I've been very interested in my mentor's field of work and this
program gave me a great reason to talk to him about it. I also liked how
the mentor program was kicked off with a BYUH alumnus who talked about
how he got started in his own business. Very insightful."
"My end goal is to be a business consultant, my mentor is a business
consultant (a very knowledgeable and experienced one at that!). She was
super friendly and seemed to genuinely want to help me do well. She told me
how she worked from the bottom up to where she is now."
"It is the best program to build my networking, and absorb
experiences from the professional mentor. I would like to do it again."
"This program connects me with people in my field with similar
interests. My mentor had done similar activities when he was at school
and was able to recommend me things that I can start working on so I can
better prepare myself for graduate school, future employment and
starting my own business."
"I loved all of the advice my mentor gave me. He gave me a lot of
great ideas of how to better present myself and work on my resume."
"I liked being able to hear personal stories and experiences from a
professional. I also like being able to ask questions from someone who is
working in the industry that I want to work in."
"I'm happy with the program and hope to help with the program when I'm graduated from BYU- Hawaii."
"I simply love the idea of this program and the networking and career
learning that can happen. Wish it would have been up and running when I
"This program allowed students to talk with people in the real world
who may have had similar experiences to what the students had. Also, I
feel that it gave the students a sense of reality."
"I have enjoyed meeting with the student and I am still meeting with him and continuing to provide internship opportunities."
"My mentee's goals were well aligned with my current field & lifestyle."
"Alignment of mentee and mentor was very well done. Tracks within
majors have dramatically improved since my time at BYUH to adequately
align course work to field of practice. Mentee is prepared and eager
to transition to the next chapter in his life."
"My mentee and I are still working on interview preparation and
networking skills that are imperative to landing a job in investment
banking. It is not something that one can prepare for in the course of
several weeks. We tried to have a call weekly and I really liked how we
both just made the program into what would be best for him. He was
willing to accept assignments and maintained solid communication through
the program. I believe this worked well because I am doing something
that he genuinely needs and wants help understanding and preparing for.
The mentee-mentor alignment was perfect."