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Alumni Mentor Program

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Established by the UCLA Alumni Scholars Club and now in its 15th year, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program continues to foster meaningful relationships between UCLA alumni and current UCLA students. The connections made in this program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

Alumni

You have the opportunity to share your professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students.

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Students

You have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA.

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Alumni Mentors

About the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program enables alumni to share their professional and personal experience and expertise with current UCLA students. The connections made in the program help prepare our students for a successful future and leave a lasting impact on our campus community.

As an alumni mentor, you will have the opportunity to advise student(s) on academic guidance, career advice and personal development for the academic year (October to June). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine.

Alumni do not have to be on campus to leave a footprint at UCLA. Whether you are right down the street or across the globe, we invite alumni from around the world to be part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

Key Dates — 2019–20

Oct. 7
Deadline to register as willing to be a mentor

Oct. 15–22
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 25
Deadline for alumni to confirm student request(s) for mentorship

Nov. 13
Program kickoff event
(virtual component for non-local alumni)

If you have missed a deadline or have questions, please contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

For more information, see the FAQs

How do I participate?

1.
Register / Log in to uclaone.com (on a computer, not a mobile device)
2.
Complete / Update your profile
 
Upload a professional photo
 
Include professional, academic, and volunteer experience
 
Under the “Offer Mentorship” section, check “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program”
 
Under the “About Me” section, answer the alumni question: “Why do you want to mentor a current student?”
 
Make sure to click “Save” at the bottom of the page to save all changes.
3.
Await student mentor request(s) in October

How will a mentor match be made?

1.
In October, students will review alumni profiles and send a message to request mentorship.
2.
You will review request(s) and confirm mentee(s) by Oct. 25.
3.
Once you’ve confirmed your maximum number of mentees, update your settings on UCLA ONE by going to your profile, then select “Edit Profile” and under “Offer Mentorship” uncheck “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” to turn off your availability.
4.
After confirming a mentee(s), you are officially part of the 2019–20 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Please save the date for our kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7–9 p.m. on campus. For non-local alumni, there will be a virtual component.

Students

About the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program

As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA.

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development. You will be paired for the academic year (October to June). We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine.

Key Dates — 2019–20

Oct. 7–8
Student info sessions: attend one session to receive priority access to review alumni profiles and request mentorship. RSVP here.

Oct. 15–22
Students review alumni profiles and request mentorship

Oct. 22
Deadline to request mentorship

Nov. 13
Program kickoff event

If you have missed a deadline or have questions, please contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

For more information, see the FAQs

How do I participate?

1.
Register / Log in to uclaone.com (on a computer, not a mobile device)

2.
Complete / Update your profile
 
Upload a professional photo
 
Include academic, volunteer and professional experience
 
Under the “About Me” section, answer the student question: “What do you hope to learn from an alumni mentor?”
 
Make sure to click “Save” at the bottom of the page to save all changes.
3.
Search and review Alumni Mentor profiles on UCLA ONE using the Directory tab:
 
Once on the directory page, make sure to select “Mentors” (located near the top).
 
Filter your search using the following categories:

UCLA: field of study, degree, grad year, communities
Work
Location: city, state, country
Keyword search
Starting Oct. 15, students can request a mentor by following step 4 below:
4.
Click “Request Mentorship” on your ideal mentor’s profile. Personalize your message in the message pop-up box and then click “Send.” You are allowed to request only ONE alumni mentor.
 
Introduce yourself (name, year, major) and include any relevant campus, volunteer or work experience
 
Explain what you hope to learn from an alumni mentor and why you feel he/she would be the best fit
 
Include reference(s) to information in the mentor’s profile (such as education, job, industry or volunteer experience)
 
Conclude by asking if he/she would be interested in mentoring you as part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program and thank him/her for their consideration
 
DO NOT REQUEST MENTORSHIP WITHOUT INCLUDING A PERSONALIZED MESSAGE
5.
The deadline to request an alumni mentor is Monday, Oct. 22.

If you do not receive a response to your “Request Mentorship” message, please email alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu.

If your requested mentor confirms, you are officially part of the 2019–20 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program. Please save the date for our kickoff event on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 7–9 p.m. on campus.

Richard Cohen ’72

Richard Cohen ’72

Bachelor of Arts in political science
Senior Vice President & Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley

Student mentee Carolina Rubini, fourth year economics major, shared, “Richard was a true mentor. He always made himself available and never ever forgot to check on me and what was going on. He helped me in every interview step, understanding different industries, how to think about specific answers, and how to stand up after being rejected in an interview. Right now, I’m going to NYC to start my full-time job and it was my dream to go to NYC to work – it’s because of Richard.” […]

Student mentee Shaochen Han, third year economics major, shared, “Richard is the first career mentor I had and the help he gave me was invaluable. Richard is extremely humble and down-to-earth, even with his very accomplished background. Since I am pursuing a career in financial services, he invited me to his office at Morgan Stanley just a few days after the mentorship kick-off program. During this visit, I had a pleasant and meaningful face-to-face conversation with him. He also showed me around the office and introduced me to his coworkers before I left. As a college student who has very limited professional experience, I found this visit an extremely valuable opportunity to experience the banking culture and its work environment.

He also played an important role during my search for a summer internship. In the beginning, I received no replies on any applied internship positions and I became very discouraged. After learning this, Richard immediately offered me help. He reviewed my resume and cover letter and gave me objective and helpful critiques. Under his guidance, I eventually received an interview invitation from Ernst & Young. Besides cheering for me, he gave me tips on how to prepare for this interview by explaining his similar experience with Big Four. Those tips were so comprehensive that they even included details like shining shoes and getting a haircut. After taking his advice, I performed with great confidence in the interview and later received an offer for my desired position. Without him, I would have stopped looking for an internship a long time ago because of discouragement. It’s his enormous support and patience that kept me trying harder every time and made me eventually achieve my goal for this summer.

Richard is also one of the most responsive people I have known. As a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley, Richard surely is very busy at work. However, he managed to respond to my emails within just one or two hours whenever I reached out for help. He is so dedicated to his mentorship that he makes it a priority over his work and free time. He always gives me peace of mind that he is there to help whenever I have a problem.

In a word, Richard is the best mentor I could ask for.”

Richard Cohen with Mentee


Ayleen Peterson, D.D.S. ’12

Ayleen Peterson, D.D.S. ’12

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

Student mentee Jaeok Kim, doctoral candidate at the School of Dentistry, shared, “Dr. Peterson has gone above and beyond to make herself available for advice through messages, phone calls, and personal meetings even during her busy work hours as an oromaxillofacial surgeon. I did not quite fit the description of the type of a mentee she was looking for in the first place, but she gladly accepted me as her mentee. She has been always responsive to any types of questions. […]

One time, I was on the phone with her for an entire hour asking questions and for advice. She has encouraged me to pursue my dream and shares useful resources and information that helped me know more about the profession. She has introduced me to her colleagues in the field as well. She has also offered me to shadow her in person so that I get a better, more close hands-on experience. I will be shadowing her from time-to-time for the next three years. It is phenomenal to have a mentor like Dr. Peterson, knowing how busy oromaxillofacial surgeons are.”

Jason Scapa ’11, M.D. ’15

Jason Scapa ’11, M.D. ’15

Bachelor of Science in molecular, cell, and developmental biology
Fellow Physician, Stanford University School of Medicine

Student mentee Holly Huang, fourth year molecular, cell, and developmental biology major, shared, “The amount of time and effort Jason dedicated to me and the others he mentored were well beyond expectations, especially considering his busy life as a resident physician. Throughout this year, Jason has provided me valuable advice that I have taken to heart. He hosted pathology nights for me and my program colleagues during which he showed us what he does as a pathologist. […]

He edited my medical school personal statement drafts and work and activities drafts promptly and thoroughly. We had regular dorm dinner meetings, to which he would bring his physician colleagues, who gave us a glimpse of life as a specialist in their chosen field. He solidified my passion for medicine, and provided me tools and guidance to pursue that passion. I am thankful for Jason and this program.”

Jason-Scapa-with-Students


Frequently Asked Questions

Alumni

Why should I participate in the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program?

UCLA students are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experiences. We want to ensure that they are prepared in every aspect possible upon graduating from UCLA and entering the workforce. With your wisdom and guidance, we can work together to make sure UCLA students get the most out of their education by connecting with their UCLA alumni network. In the spirit of Bruins helping Bruins, we hope the mentorship provides lasting relationships that will continue to grow and evolve far beyond Westwood.

What is expected of me as a mentor?

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for the full academic year (October to June) with the mentee(s) you have accepted. We encourage mentors and mentees to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Throughout the year we’ll offer tips on effective mentorship techniques, topics to discuss with your student and suggested activities to connect. Our team will also be standing by to answer any questions you might have. Prior mentorship experience is not required.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment as a mentor lasts for the academic year (October – June). Alumni register to be a mentor in September, and then students review profiles and request a mentor in mid-October. Once you review your request(s) and confirm a student mentee(s), you will officially be a part of the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

How will a mentor match be made?

Once you register for the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program through UCLA ONE (uclaone.com) you’ll be part of our exclusive, online mentoring community. Starting in October, UCLA students will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds the ideal mentor, the student will click on the profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.

How many students can I mentor?

We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.

What if I receive more than one request for mentorship?

If you receive multiple requests, you will be able to review each student’s profile before confirming a request. We hope you’ll accept as many mentees as you feel fit to mentor, but you do have the option to decline a student if you simply don’t have time or think it’s the wrong fit. We recommend you mentor one to two students throughout the year. Most of our volunteers choose to mentor one student.

I’m still receiving messages from students requesting mentorship, yet I have already accepted my maximum number of mentees?

Once you have approved your mentee(s) request for mentorship, you will want to unselect the “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program” box under “Offer Mentorship” in your profile. You can do so by clicking on “Edit Profile,” then scrolling down to “Offer Mentorship” and unchecking “UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.” this will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

What if I want to continue mentoring the student beyond the academic year?

Alumni are welcome to continue mentoring their students as long as they are willing and able.

Are events and program activities mandatory?

Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as the mentor and mentee see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as many program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your student.

Do I have to be in Los Angeles to participate as a mentor?

You do not have to live in Los Angeles to participate. You can mentor by connecting with your student via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still be a great alumni mentor. We will provide virtual events and discussions for you and your mentee to participate in.

How do I sign up to be a mentor?

It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentor. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.

What if I don’t receive any requests for mentorship from students?

We encourage you to complete your UCLA ONE profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. In addition, we have included the opportunity to answer the question, “Why do you want to mentor a student?” That will provide students with the best information to request mentorship. If you aren’t requested for mentorship through this program, Alumni Affairs offers many opportunities to volunteer your time and expertise – https://alumni.ucla.edu/get-involved/.

Students

Why should I participate as a student in the UCLA Alumni Mentor Program?

As a UCLA student, you have exclusive access to a robust network of alumni who are eager and willing to meet you and share their wisdom and advice about life beyond UCLA. The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for you to form meaningful and lasting relationships with alumni that will extend beyond campus walls. As a program participant, you’ll have a chance to request a mentor to assist you with academic guidance, career advice and personal development.

What is expected of me as a mentee?

The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience levels. You will be paired for the full academic year (October to June) with the mentor who has accepted your request for mentorship. We encourage you to connect with your mentor on a regular basis (i.e. once a month phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation). However, the frequency and form of communication are things you both can determine. Please DO NOT ask your mentor for a job or internship. The UCLA Alumni Mentor Program is about building your professional network, personal development and gaining academic and career advice. This program is not a direct pipeline to a job or internship, though it can often help with opportunities in the future.

How long is the commitment?

The commitment as a student mentee lasts for the academic year (October – June). Alumni will register to be a mentor in September and in mid-October, students will review profiles and send requests to their preferred mentor. Alumni will review your request(s) and confirm/select student mentee(s) through the UCLA ONE site. Once this happens you will be officially part of the 2019-20 UCLA Alumni Mentor Program.

How will a mentor match be made?

Starting in mid-October, you will have a chance to register and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits your interests and career goals. Once you find your ideal mentor, you will click on the alumni profile and send a message to request mentorship. From there, alumni will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.

Is there a limit to how many mentor requests I can send?

You are only allowed to send one mentor request. Make sure to review alumni profiles carefully and send your request to the alumnus who best fits your interests and career goals.

I reached out to someone, and did not receive a response. What should I do?

We ask that you give alumni enough time to respond, typically 2-3 days. Keep in mind that mentors are busy with their professions and personal lives, so please be considerate of their time. If you do not receive a mentorship request acceptance, please do not send a follow-up message asking alumni if they received your request and would like to be your mentor. You may contact alumnimentor@alumni.ucla.edu and we will determine if you are allowed to submit a second mentor request.

The mentor I was interested in connecting with, now no longer is willing to help?

Once a mentor has accepted their mentee match, they will update their profile to indicate that they are no longer accepting mentor requests.

What if I want to continue my mentor/mentee match beyond the academic year?

You are welcome to stay connected with your mentor as long as they are willing and able to help.

Are events and program activities mandatory?

Events and programs are not required. The great thing about this program is that your mentorship connection can be carried out as both of you see fit. However, we do encourage you to attend as many program events, both in person and virtual, as possible to build a strong connection with your mentor.

Can I request a mentor who lives outside of Los Angeles?

Alumni Mentors do not have to live in Los Angeles to participate. You can connect with your mentor via phone calls, email, Skype, or FaceTime and still have a great connection. We will provide virtual events and discussions for you and your mentor to participate in.

How do I sign up to be a mentee?

It is quick and simple to sign up to be a mentee. Please follow these steps to sign up on UCLA ONE.

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