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Alumni Mentors and Student Protégés,

Every generation has its own label, the Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, Generation Z - inevitably, each have their own characteristics. Most of us have heard the rhetoric of younger generations finding themselves on the short end of the bad-characteristic stick. People are quick to point out the flaws of the younger generations while painting an unblemished picture of the older ones.

However, Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are clearly interested in health care as a career choice, which demonstrates a passion this generation has for helping the greater good. In the College of Health and Human Development, we are committed to improving the quality life for all. Furthermore, our seven academic units focus on human health and wellness, which makes our teaching, research, and outreach relevant to people everywhere.

From enhancing work/life balance, integrating and interconnecting technology, and having the willingness to develop their skill sets, Millennials are eager to harness and reshape the future of health and wellness.

A PwC study entitled “Millennials at Work: Reshaping the Workplace,” predicts that Millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce by 2020, and 75 percent by 2030. This means we all must start building bridges between generations. Millennials relish the opportunity to engage, interact, and learn from those who have “real life” experience. The most valued opportunity for both older and younger generations to learn from one another is through mentoring.

In a recent LinkedIn article, Deloitte Global CEO, Punit Renjen, said, “There is really no secret (to success) and there surely are no shortcuts. In my case, it was a pretty simple equation: hard work + some lucky breaks + great mentors.” Through the Mentoring program, it is our hope you will help each other grow both personally and professionally.

Tips to maximize your mentor-protégé relationship

  • Begin with a series of questions to discover what that person needs and wants, what their current situation is, and what their goals are.
  • Be authentic.
  • Share mutual respect.
  • One-on-one mentoring can be time-consuming. Mentors appreciate receiving thank you notes for their time and insights. Additionally, mentees should watch for changes to provide value to your mentor.
  • Utilize new technology such as Skype, Google Hangouts, introducing your protégé to others via Twitter, inviting your protégé to participate in Webinars you conduct, or writing on your blog about your protégé.
  • Celebrate each other’s successes.
  • Lead by example.
  • Get outside of your comfort zone! By doing so, you can access the vital elements of your relationship – learning new things, being shaken out of complacency, and renewing your passion.
  • Mentors can invite their protégés to shadow them, have protégés observe them conduct a meeting or presentation, or give protégés recommendations of e-books to read or professional organizations to join.
  • Protégés can check in with their mentor from time to time to see how they are doing.

We look forward to another successful year of fostering relationships for the future!

Sincerely,

Marina Cotarelo
Graduate Student Intern

and

V. Diane Collins
Alumni Mentoring Program Coordinator