The Mentorship Program
Gathering inspiration from his own experience, 2018 PTOH Vice President and 2018 mentor, Tomasz Szostek said that when he started classes with 2nd and 3rd year students, he found it “helpful to…ask questions to those who had gone through the process” and championed a “great initiative” for upperclassmen to share their experience of how to balance careers, families, classes, and fun. After the mentorship program started, “people showed up to [Access Weekend] already talking and the feedback has been very positive since mentors were generally thrilled to [chat].”
The PTOH GBA facilitates the mentorship matching with optimization techniques from the first-year core course of the same name. “One of our main goals would be to help build closer relationships between cohorts—and [mentors and mentees] are both integral in making this vision a reality”, said Allison Braund-Harris, the 2018 PTOH GBA President and 2018 mentor. By their flights home, first years start the first mini with their mentorship match in hand, modeled by an algorithm to collectively match mentees with their preferred mentors.
Mentor & Mentee Testimonials
Very useful in the beginning, especially to get acclimated to the program
Nice to have a peer to communicate with while getting up to speed with the work load
It doesn’t require a significant time commitment and provides a safe environment to ask questions and find solutions
Mentors were all very willing to help
It was a nice gesture and provided a quick connection and a resource for students
The pairing was really easy and there weren’t many people at all who weren’t satisfied
I liked being chosen by the mentee. It made me feel like it was a good match and would be beneficial to them
I liked the flexible nature; not being so structured made it feel natural and not forced or that it was a chore
The 2018 Impact & Beyond
The PTOH Mentorship Program opens discussions for mentor-mentee pairs such as broadening their network, workload scheduling, class resources, curriculum, career advancement and pivoting, time management, switching industries, hobbies, and more.
Ultimately 75% of the cohort asked for mentors and a total of 36 matches were made. Four minis later, mentees strongly recommend participating in the mentorship program and enjoyed the “flexibility of the program” that leave mentees “open to networking opportunities.”
The 2019 PTOH GBA will continue the PTOH Mentorship Program. Roger Harris, the PTOH Vice President of Connections and a 2018 mentor, oversees the PTOH Mentorship Program. He is working diligently to, “…make the Mentorship Program the best it can possibly be for both Mentors and Mentees.”