“The mentoring program has done an incredible job providing me the unique perspective of what it actually means to be an engineer. I am so grateful to be paired with an alumnus that is directly to related to my field of interest — I have learned more in the these last two months about what it means to actually be an engineer than in my last two years at Georgia Tech.”
Mentor Jackets Student
Mentor Jackets is an alumni-to-student mentoring program supported by the Georgia Tech Alumni Association and the Student Alumni Association, and is a valuable, impactful, and rewarding way to volunteer for Georgia Tech. Current Tech students are paired with Tech alumni in a year-long program where alumni have the opportunity to influence their mentee’s personal and professional development. They develop their partnership through face to face interactions, electronic communication, telephone conversations, and programming exclusively designed for members of Mentor Jackets.
Who Can Participate?
All Georgia Tech alumni are eligible and encouraged to volunteer as a mentor, including those outside of the metro-Atlanta area! Students who co-op or intern out of state or out of the country are encouraged to sign up for an e-Mentor, and alumni have the same opportunity. Distance mentors and mentees can participate in the program through telephone conversations, Skype, Facetime, online chatting, e-mails and webcast events. E-Mentoring is a great way to connect with Georgia Tech students and fellow alumni even when far away from campus!
Participation in the Mentor Jackets program requires a few hours each month, and the return on the investment is excellent! Mentor and mentee pairings should communicate each week, and schedule time to actively engage in discussion.
Online Resources for Alumni and Students
GTMentorJackets.com is the online home for the Mentor Jackets program. All information on Mentor Jackets events, activities, and programming is posted here. The website also provides links to online Networking groups and a Mentor Resources tool kit to help mentors guide their mentee throughout the program.
During the year, participants in the Mentor Jackets program will have the opportunity to attend special events specifically created to enhance their mentoring relationships.
Participating as a mentor in the Mentor Jackets program is a great way for alumni to expand their Georgia Tech network. As a mentor, you will develop relationships not only with current Tech students, but with other alumni as well!
Previous alumni mentors must register again to participate in the 2013-2014 program.