Mentoring Program

Interested in learning more about the HRD Mentoring Program? Contact Dr. Katina Sawyer at katina.sawyer@villanova.edu for more information.

Overview & Vision

The mentoring program provides graduate students with the opportunity to work with successful HR professionals and to continue to develop a range of skill sets. Mentors benefit by accessing fresh talent, improving their leadership skills and building a rapport with Villanova’s reputable HRD Graduate Program.

Expectations

By communicating effectively, participants set and share personal goals with one another that are convenient with their work schedules.  Participants are required to meet once per month to ensure progressive development and goal attainment. You will receive a list of suggested activities for each month, so that mentor pairs always have interesting and mutually beneficial discussions. Pairs are not limited to these suggestions and can substitute another activity as they see fit. Mentees are required to do a 1-page write-up each month, describing the monthly completed activity. Participants are expected to communicate and provide feedback to the HRD Department for improving the program as well. For local participants, we expect that you will try your best to attend the Kick-Off Breakfast at the beginning of the year and the Closing Breakfast at the end of the year.

Rewards

Mentees are able to network within the HR community and make links with HR professionals who are interested in growing talent.  Benefits include expanding your knowledge base, having a resource you can go to when you have HR questions or issues, and making a valuable contact in the HR field. For mentors, the benefits are gaining HRCI credits, listing this experience as a resume booster, and gaining valuable connections within a new generation of HR professionals.

Become a Mentor

We are currently looking for new and eager mentors and mentees that wish to continue to move forward and excel in the field of HR.

Frequently Asked Questions

View our FAQs page to learn more about the mentoring program!

Guidelines & Procedures

Below you will find information about suggested activities to do with your mentor/mentee, expectations of both mentors & mentees, and how to develope a productive mentoring relationship.

The following are recommended guidelines and procedures for the HRD Mentoring Program at Villanova.  While the nature of the mentoring relationship depends on the time and effort that the mentors and mentees choose to devote, these guidelines will help ensure that our mentoring relationships are held to a high standard of quality and prove mutually beneficial to all of the participants.

Program Goals

The goal of the HRD Mentoring Program is to help students transition from the academic world of human resources to a professional working environment.  Mentors will provide professional guidance and career direction to students, help mentees develop the skills that they will need to succeed as a human resource professional, and position themselves as a trusted advisor and teacher.  The lasting relationships developed as a result of this program will help both mentors and mentees enhance their professional networks within the field of human resources.

Suggested Activities

While each individual mentoring relationship will differ, the following describes several suggested events or activities that mentors and mentees may participate in together:Career path discussions

  • Career path discussions
  • Attending conferences or Villanova SHRM Chapter meetings/speaker series
  • Job shadowing
  • Monthly meetings for coffee or lunch
  • Reviewing mentee’s resume and cover letter
  • Search for internship/job opportunities
  • Exchanging and discussing written materials such as articles written by the mentor or papers written by the mentee
  • Conversations around industry trends
  • Networking with colleagues and/or other students
  • Participating in community service events
  • Talking about past experiences and job history
  • Mentee development activities (role plays, situational analysis, suggested professional readings)
  • Exchange ideas on future professional and educational goals

Expectations of Mentees

It is expected that our students demonstrate the initiative to drive the mentoring relationship forward. Although mentoring is a two-way street, the primary responsibility of maintaining contact and scheduling meetings lies with the mentee.  It is also the mentee’s duty to set clear expectations and goals for the mentoring relationship.  Remember, a mentor’s time is limited so be sure to take advantage of your time together!

  • Initiate meetings/conversations with mentor at least once a month
  • Develop a list of items to discuss
  • Set clear goals and expectations
  • Drive conversations
  • Pinpoint areas of development
  • Honor commitment to the program
  • Be aware of mentor’s other obligations

Expectations of Mentors

It is expected that our mentors stay committed to the program and devote the amount of time agreed upon with the mentee. Mentors should also be willing to share their knowledge and experiences with mentees and help guide mentees on their path to career development.  It is important the mentors follow through on their promises and respond to mentee inquiries.  Remember, students have multiple obligations and constraints on their time as well!

  • Be committed
  • Share employment experiences and history
  • Develop a trusting relationship
  • Advise and counsel mentees
  • Set clear goals and expectations
  • Challenge mentees to grow
  • Be a role model for mentees

Developing a Productive Mentoring Relationship

In order for participants to benefit from the mentoring program, they must learn to trust and depend on each other.  Mentees and mentors must be able to work together to form a successful partnership.  The following are key elements that should be the focus of developing the mentoring connection:

  • Trust
  • Communication
  • Mutual respect
  • Appreciation
  • Honesty
  • Confidentiality

Once mentors and mentees establish clear goals and expectations, the lines of communication can be opened to allow the mentoring relationship to develop.

Contact Information

Campus Programs
St. Mary's Hall, Suite 119

800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085
(p) 610-519-4582
(f) 610-519-5826
gradhrdoffice@villanova.edu

Online Program
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Call 1-866-220-0017 or visit
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