The Alumni Association and the University Well-Being Department create “Mentors” program

The Mentors Program, combining work by the Externado Alumni Association and the University Well-Being, seeks to assist students in developing soft skills, based on graduates’ professional experiences.

Beyond the field of academic and technical knowledge, soft skills pertain to critical consciousness, social sensitivity, and development of skills for the practice of ethical and participatory citizenship.

The program seeks to start with nine mentors, and directed to nine students of the “Ser Pilo Paga” program – one student from each faculty, pursuing 7th or 8th-semester studies. The program, held in August, September, and October 2108, will be focused on the development of soft skills, essential for their professional development.

The Mentor will guide the students in strengthening skills, such as:

  • Teamwork
  • Creativity
  • Ethics
  • Communication
  • Responsibility
  • Time Optimization
  • Relationships

The above are very useful when entering the labor market, as currently, organizations are looking for professionals who excel in developing their soft skills, in parallel with the academic learning process.

To this end, the Alumni Association seeks nine Externadistas currently working in management positions, to work with 9 students on the above areas.

Registration HERE

Mentor Profile

  • Be an Externado graduate, of any academic undergraduate program
  • Professional experience of more than 5 years in management positions
  • Availability of 1 hour per week, between August 27 and October 12, 2018
  • Commitment, empathy, leadership skills, and capabilities to teach and guide
  • Represent the Externadista values
  • Be a Bogotá resident

Process:

  • Call (August 6-17, 2018). Invitation through mass-mailing and publication in the University and the Association digital media.
  • Program registration and presentation of professional profile (August 6-17, 2018)
  • Selection of mentors (August 24, 2018). Interviews with the Association Director and a Professor of the Externado Business Administration Faculty
  • Starting date: August 27, 2018. Presentation of the project, its structure, and agenda.
  • Evaluation (1 per month). Certification of activities’ compliance.
  • Closing: October 19, 2018. Presentation of conclusions and identification of improvement points

Mentor Functions 

  • Develop two strategic meetings with the student: the first, an interview to define the work plan, learn about the expectations and points to strengthen; and second, a meeting for the closing of the program and the evaluation process
  • Develop a weekly one-hour work session, to address each skill
  • Provide guidance for strengthening professional aspects of job searching, such as curriculum   review, prepare for the interview, and support  in developing a  career plan
  • Offer a one-day business experience 

The Mentor’s figure is extremely beneficial, as in a broad sense, the experience obtained provides positive results in students’ growth.  For the Mentor, the project is an act of responsibility and contribution to society.