Suggested Activities

Become Acquainted

  • Discuss your backgrounds and get to know each other.
  • Discuss your goals for the relationship.
  • Discuss the mentee’s career interests and goals.

Career Conversations: Things to Discuss

  • The mentee’s talents, skills, and interests.
  • How the mentor’s personal and professional life fit together.
  • Read a book related to your field of interest.
  • The mentor’s educational background and the role of educational preparation in your field.

Organizational types and cultures.

  • Search the Internet together for job resources and other information related to your field.
  • How individual work values impact career choices.
  • A current event or issue in your field.
  • Visit/discuss a variety of work environments.
  • The professional standards that exist in your field.
  • The transition from school to work.
  • Proper business etiquette over lunch or dinner.
  • How to navigate “office politics.”

Career Observation

  • Participate in a company tour, if appropriate.
  • Attend a professional meeting or program together.

Resume/Interview Exercises

  • Critique the mentee’s resume and cover letter.
  • Assist the mentee in completing a job application packet, portfolio, etc.
  • Practice an informational interview.
  • Practice a job interview.

Back to School

  • Attend a campus lecture, concert, or sporting event together. The Augustana website will have a list
  • of campus events that may be of interest to you.
  • Invite the mentor to attend one of your classes.
  • Investigate career-related student clubs.
  • Visit the Career Center together.

Create Professional Networks

  • Compile a list of contacts the mentee could meet with in your field.