GMI mentors follow a unique, 14-session program designed to ensure students receive a consistent mentoring experience. However, we encourage any type of discussion the students need in order to help them advance. Each session includes a detailed guide, templates, and worksheets to supplement the student’s learning experience.
Being a GMI mentor doesn’t require a significant time commitment and makes it possible for you to make a difference to a young person who is just getting started. GMI mentors meet with their students via teleconference on a regular schedule for 14 one-hour sessions. Mentors encourage open discussion with their students to help them get the most from the program and share their own experiences with career exploration, job searching, and professional development.
When you’re a mentor, you learn along with your student. GMI job skills can be used throughout a career and they are designed to create new opportunities.
GMI mentors help build a student’s self-confidence, and help them see a career path they didn’t know was possible.
The GMI mentorship program is also a valuable cultural and educational experience for mentors to learn and grow professionally and personally. As a mentor, you expand your ability to train and lead others, increase your cultural competency through conversation with a student from a different culture, increase your ability to form professional relationships with international colleagues and companies, and overall feel a sense of accomplishment after completing the program.
The most important qualification to be a mentor is the desire to share what you have learned and give an opportunity to a young person who is just starting out.
GMI provides everything you need to guide your mentee. You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the GMI Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience.
Mentor candidates will complete a brief online application, phone discussion and complete a background check independently conducted through Sterling Volunteers.
Mentor candidates should be at least 25 years old, have a BA/BS in their chosen field and will complete a brief online training course to help them prepare for the program.
Mentors can be sponsored through a business, an industry association, or apply independently.