Pathways Guide

For 2017-2018 Pairs

Pathways is a collaborative effort of UNH Career and Professional Success, the Alumni Association, and the Colleges, and provides:

  • A  mentoring program which brings together alumni professionals and UNH students.
  • A forum for alumni to share their knowledge of the “real world” and provide insight on launching students’ post-UNH plans.
  • The opportunity for students to develop career networks and skills to become better professionals and leaders.

Matches will be announced end of July 2017


Time Commitment & Logistics

On campus events:

Durham:

Title Day Date Time Location
Kick-Off Event Thursday 9/21/2017 6:00-8:00 PM 1925 Room - Elliott Alumni Center
Networking Night Tuesday 2/06/2018 6:00-8:00 PM Victory Lounge - Wildcat Stadium
Finale Dinner Wednesday 4/11/2018 6:00-8:00 PM

1925 Room - Elliott Alumni Center

 
  • Monthly meetings arranged by mutual convenience of each pair. Face-to-face is best, however telephone, Skype, email, various types of social media may be used as well.
  • Monthly check-in forms need to be completed by one member of the pair and submitted each month.

Goals and Expectations of Pathways

Student Goals

  • Gain career insight from successful UNH alumni.
  • Prepare for the “real world” and its professional challenges.
  • Experience the give and take of career-oriented feedback.
  • Learn the value of mentoring relationships and how to utilize mentors throughout life.

Student Expectations

  • Maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
  • Meet or speak with your mentor monthly.
  • Fill out the monthly check-in form.
  • E-sign the mentoring agreement and honor confidentiality terms.
  • Attend both on-campus meetings/dinners (if possible).
  • Contribute equally to the mentorship by suggesting goals and topics of interest to you.  Help your mentor to help you.
  • Communicate proactively with your mentor.  Do not rely on him/her to facilitate the process.
  • Develop short and long-term career goals and identify action steps to attain those goals.
  • Contact your Pathways Team if you have questions or issues.
  • Respect and appreciate your mentor’s  time and knowledge with thank you notes/emails.

Alumni Goals

  • Make a difference in the life and career of a UNH undergraduate.
  • Connect with alma mater in a personal way.
  • Take advantage of a valuable opportunity to “give back.”
  • Encourage bright young students to become future leaders.
  • Network with fellow alumni.

Alumni Expectations

  • Maximize this opportunity to make a difference and engage fully with your student.
  • Meet or speak with your mentee monthly.
  • E-sign the mentoring agreement and honor confidentiality terms.
  • Attend the two on-campus meetings/dinners if possible.
  • Encourage inquiry from the student.
  • Assist your student in the development of short and long-term career goals and the subsequent action steps to attain those goals.
  • Contact your Pathways Team if you have questions or issues.

Tips for Successful Communication

  • You may find you use a variety of ways to connect; phone, email, texting, social media, etc..  We recommend that you come to agreement about what methods you plan to use at the beginning of the program.
  • Pre-establish methods and parameters for contact; home, work, day, evening, weekends.
  • Be prompt in responding to voicemails, texts, emails, etc.  Professional standards recommend responding within 24 hours, even if it is to say that you are still working on a more detailed response.
  • Electronic communication is fast and efficient but can make enthusiasm and emotion hard to decipher.  A brief response from an at-that-moment busy person could be misconstrued as a brush-off or lack of interest. Plan to follow-up soon with a more detailed and professional form of communication.

Discussion Library

  • We respect that each pair will be unique, each working on different goals in varying ways.  
  • To help guide your work we have created the Discussion Library. 
  •  We encourage you to discuss topics of your own in addition to, or in place of, those we have suggested.