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THE HERD

Mentor a Tufts Student Today

The Herd is a "flash mentoring" program designed for alumni to provide short term, real-world exposure to current undergraduate and graduate students in Arts & Sciences, Engineering and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

What is flash mentoring?

Flash mentoring is one-time or short-term mentoring centered around tactical meetings that provide timely knowledge for participants. And, of course, mentors and mentees can also develop lasting relationships. 

Visit the Networking section of our site for more information, including tips for career conversations (a.k.a. informational interviewing), questions to ask networking contacts, sample networking emails, and more.

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Alumni FAQs

  • Why should I become a mentor in The Herd?

    Alumni become mentors for a variety of reasons. It feels great to pay it forward and help Tufts students unlock their potential. You can also learn from your mentee (or even find the next hire for your team). Lastly, you are sure to build coaching and leadership skills along the way.

  • Who is eligible to be a mentor or a mentee in The Herd?

    Alumni from any of Tufts' schools can join as mentors.  Mentees are current undergraduates and graduate students in Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.

  • What should mentors (advice or information providers) do/not do?

    DO:

    • respond promptly to requests from students to connect and be clear about what they’re willing to do (including time they have available and kind of support they’re able to give)

    • actively listen and help mentees arrive at conclusions by themselves

    • share industry knowledge and expertise and coach mentees on particular skills/competencies

    • share their own stories while respecting the differences between mentees’ dreams and mentors’ reality

    • create a safe and trusting space for the delivery of information and feedback

    DO NOT:

    • have all the answers for their mentee

    • initiate all contact with their mentee

    • provide jobs or internship for the mentee

    • try to offer support beyond the bounds of the mentoring relationship (e.g., as a financial advisor or professional counselor)

    Two important notes: 

    1. If at any point, mentors are no longer able to or want to participate in the program, they will notify all mentees about their situation as soon as possible.
    2. The Herd strives to maintain the utmost standard of professionalism in mentor-mentee relationships. If ever concerned by the unprofessional behavior of a mentee, participants should inform Tufts University Career Center staff at theherd@tufts.edu immediately.
  • What happens when I sign up?

    First you’ll complete your profile. Signing up with LinkedIn will automatically fill in some of your info. Mentors will set availability preferences to indicate how much time they can commit to the mentor role. Students who join the program will be able to view alumni profiles and reach out to ask questions or request meetings. (Students will be invited to join The Herd in September 2019). 

    You can also answer community questions. Students will use the Discussion tab to pose questions anonymously to all alumni. Check out the Resources tab for podcasts, articles, and videos you might find interesting to discuss with your mentee.

  • I’ve connected with a student. What happens next?

    The student is expected to make first contact with you, and it's up to you and your mentee to decide how involved you want the mentoring experience to be. Your engagement could be a one-time conversation or you may wish to continue for a longer period of time. It is important that both you and your mentee set limits surrounding the mentoring relationship, e.g., methods of communication (email, phone, in person) and how often communication will occur.

  • What’s the time commitment?

    There is no strict time commitment to be an active mentor with The Herd. When you connect with your student mentee, it is up to you both to decide the appropriate level of time commitment. Your engagement could be a one-time conversation or you may wish to continue for a longer period of time. 

  • How do students join?

    Current students will receive an invitation to join The Herd in September 2019 via email.

    You can find out more information for students on the Career Center website.

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