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Mentor FAQs

Do I keep a log of notes over the experience?We suggest you do keep notes so you can recall previous meet-ups and plan for the follow-up meet-up. We do not ask for the notes, but it might help with the review surveys in the middle and end of the programme. The survey helps us understand your success and how your STS journey is going.
If I have any other issues regarding my mentor / the general programme what should I do? Please get in touch straight away via email with team@stemettes.org
When networking are they allowed to share their contact details with others outside of the programme? They can share their LinkedIn and email, we ask that they do not share their social handles or mobile phone number.
Do I provide work experience? If you are able to that is great. Otherwise, it is your role to help them reach out and find companies to host them. We provide support for summer placements too which we share with Mentees in the Stemette Society.
What happens if I can’t make the Cohort Matching Evening? We will arrange a call with you to introduce you to the programme and answer any questions you may have. We will match you with a Mentee based on your online application.
What will I be expected to support my Mentee with? Building on their life-skills such as; self-confidence, problem-solving, finding their own opportunities by reaching out to companies and individuals in their network, building their network, interview techniques, goal-setting, time-management, stress management and public speaking.
What support/guidance do I receive as a Mentor? You will recieve a mentor handbook, an introduction call, meet-up guide resources, Regular email support to remind you of the timeline guide check in with progress and programme lead phone support.
What happens if I don’t like the student I’ve been matched with? Please get in touch via email with team@stemettes.org We will arrange a call to go through our exit interview and if suitable we will re-match you both with a more suitable match. Being re-matched can take up to 2 weeks from receiving your initial email.
How long does it take to be matched with a Mentee? Applications open 2 months before the Cohort Matching Evening. After you have been invited to your Cohort Matching Evening we share an online application for you to complete a DBS or region equivilant check. These checks and the matching process can take up to 4 weeks.
What happens if my Mentee stops responding to my communication? We ask that you send them a text message and try to call them, as students are not yet full-time professionals and are not on their emails very regularly. If they are not responding to all three types of communication within 3 days, email the programme lead. We reach out to the student an give them one chance to improve. Strong regular communication is key to the success of this programme, if they are not following the communication guidance, we remove that student from the programme and offer them different support. There is a long waiting list for this programme so if you are happy we will rematch you with a different student.
What if I am in a different field of STEM than my Mentee wants to go into? This shouldn’t be an issue as all fields relate to each other in some ways. There’s many things you can support your Mentee with, such as, CVs, interview skills or helping them find connections to the field they want to go into. It is more important that you and your Mentee get on well and that you both have a great experience.
Do I volunteer inside work hours or outside of them? This is completely up to you. Many Mentors do both.
What happens if my Mentee is struggling? Ask them to contact team@stemettes.org. Also, they can contact the programme lead and other cohort Mentees in the Stemette Society.
What do I do if I have a problem and wish to exit the programme? Email team@stemettes.org We’ll complete an exit interview with you and remove you from the programme.
I haven’t written a CV in a long time, how do I help my Mentee write one? There is a meet-up guide based on this. Please check this out and also remember Google is your friend. You could also ask your network for some advice and their top tips.