Hoya Peer Mentor Program (Tawjeeh)

Welcome to the Hoya mentorship program

A program that pairs students with alumni for immersive, part-time, short-term (1-12 week) mentorship project. Learn more

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It takes great initiative and courage ​​for alumni to provide guidance to their fellow Hoyas, and

great awareness and ambition for students to be willing to learn from senior alumni

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We are relaunching Tawjeeh Mentorship Program with a whole new look. The Hoya peer-mentor program is an employability scheme that matches a student or graduate with a mentor for sector insight and one-to-one careers advice and guidance. Your mentor helps you to gain insight into working life identify and establish your career goals and objectives and increase your understanding of job roles and sectors. A crucial opportunity for any student or graduate trying to navigate the start of their career. Work experience is now essential to set you above the competition your mentor can help you find and secure opportunities that are right for you.

 

Join the program, sign up below as a:

 

How it works

The principle behind mentorship programs is to provide an opportunity for relevant career guidance by relying on the unique experiences that exist within our community in Qatar. A student and a Hoya Alum are linked together for a period between 1-8 weeks through virtual, face to face meetings, phone calls or emails, students can follow the journey of a fellow Hoya, and Hoya alumni get the chance to share their journey and experiences with the younger generations. We hope each alumni mentor and student mentee will gain something valuable in the relationship throughout the program.

 

Next Steps:

  1. Mentees will complete a basic information form to help with the matching process through the sign up link above.
  2. Mentors will be alerted when a mentee has been assigned to them.
  3. After their first meeting, the mentors and mentees will be asked to complete a “Mentor/Mentee Partnership Form” to outline objectives for both sides of the mentorship.
  4. At the end of each semester, the mentor and mentee will receive a short electronic feedback form.

 

Mentor Responsibilities

  • Set realistic expectations
  • Be available
  • Maintain contact with the mentee
  • Listen
  • Be open-minded
  • Make an effort to build the relationship
  • Follow-through
  • Share information about your own experiences

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Recognize the investment that the mentor is making
  • Be open to feedback
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Initiate contact and follow through on commitments
  • Set realistic expectations
  • Make an effort to build the relationship
  • Listen

 

Sign up here as a mentee/ mentor

Can I apply to be a mentor?

To qualify for mentorship, you need to be an alum of Georgetown University. The mentors for the 2019/20 academic year are now being recruited. Mentors can apply here. Please get in touch by emailing guqcareers@georgetown.edu if you would like to take part or have any questions. The program will be facilitated through Hoya Gateway, an online e-networking platform, so if you haven’t already you will need to also create a Hoya Gateway profile. Learn more about what makes a successful mentor.

How to Apply (mentees)?

All students and fresh graduates within 1 year of graduation can apply for mentorship opportunities to be mentees. Find out more about the program and sign up here. The program will be facilitated through Hoya Gateway, an online e-networking platform, so if you haven’t already you will need to also create a Hoya Gateway profile.

 

Guidelines and FAQs

 

Qualities of Successful Mentors

  • Personal commitment to be involved with another person for an extended time. Mentors have a genuine desire to be part of other people’s lives, to help them with tough decisions and to see them become their very best self.
  • Respect for the individual, for their abilities, and their right to make their own choices in life. A mentor should not approach the mentee with the attitude that the mentor’s ways are better or that participants need to be rescued. Mentors who convey a sense of dignity and respect in the relationship win the trust of their mentees.
  • The ability to listen and to accept different points of view. Most people can find someone who will give advice or express opinions. It’s much harder to find someone who will suspend his or her own judgment and really listen. Mentors often help simply by listening, asking thoughtful questions, and giving mentees an opportunity to explore their own thoughts in a safe and open environment. When people feel accepted they are more likely to ask for and respond. to good ideas.
  • Ability to empathize with another person’s struggles. Effective mentors can feel with people without feeling pity for them. Even without having had the same life experiences, they can empathize with their mentee’s feelings and personal problems.
  • Ability to see solutions and opportunities, as well as barriers. Effective mentors balance realistic respect for the problems faced by their mentees with optimism about finding equally realistic solutions. They are able to make sense of complex issues and point out sensible alternatives.
  • Flexibility and openness. Effective mentors recognize that relationships take time to develop and that communication is a two-way street. They are willing to take time to get to know their mentees, to learn new things that are important to their mentees (music, styles, philosophies, etc.), and even to be changed by their relationship.