D-E Horizons is a career networking and mentorship program that seeks to forge connections between current students, recent graduates, and the broad community of D-E alumni. D-E Horizons offers various programs and resources to help our alumni develop strong personal and professional connections, including:
The Mentor Program is a unique opportunity for college alumni to explore their academic and career interests through a conversation with an alumna or alumnus of the school. Mentors are matched with mentees based on the information provided in the application.
Mentors provide practical advice, knowledge, networking, and encouragement to help mentees navigate their personal and professional futures. Professionals from all disciplines, training and career stages are welcome to apply!
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN. THE DEADLINE TO APPLY AS A MENTEE/MENTOR:
The deadline to submit the application is Saturday, December 31, 2022.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is D-E's role in the mentor/mentee partnership?
D-E facilitates the mentor/mentee connection but is not directly involved in monitoring mentor-mentee activities. The mentor and mentee determine the goals of the mentorship and manage the partnership together.
Am I eligible to become a mentor?
D-E Horizons is seeking alumni who will:
- Meet with their mentee virtually or in person at least once for an hour.
(If both parties agree, they may continue to meet following this initial session)
- Provide the mentee with professional and academic guidance, networking, encouragement, and support.
- Have at least five years or more of professional experience (preferably).
(note: we will consider mentors with less experience if they have a specific area of expertise)
- Create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere and have fun!
How are mentoring matches made?
D-E Alumni Relations in conjunction with the Career Networking Subcommittee of the Alumni Relations Committee (ARC) reviews both mentor and mentee applications to ensure they would be a good fit according to the information available. After D-E makes the matches, an email is sent to both parties providing information and instructions for their session.
When will I be matched with my mentor/mentee?
Matches are made by mid-February 2023. Applications for the current year are due on December 14, 2022.
Please note: mentor matching is NOT guaranteed. We will do our best to find an alumni volunteer who aligns with your professional interests, however, it's possible that there may not be a mentor who's the right fit for you. If that happens, the alumni office will work with you to utilize online resources such as our Candid Career video platform and LinkedIn for career networking, advice, and guidance.
How are meetings conducted?
Mentors and mentees can meet virtually or face-to-face. The Mentees are responsible for scheduling meetings, preparing the agendas, and all other pre-meeting work. This will ensure that the discussions touch on the topics that matter most to each mentee.
What happens after the first meeting?
Mentors are committed to meeting each mentee for one 1-2 hour(s) session. If both parties agree, you may continue to meet following the initial session. Or they can reapply to be matched with a new mentor.
Will my mentor help me get a job or internship?
The Mentor Program is not a job or internship placement program and mentors are not required to recommend mentees for career-related opportunities or provide them with work. Mentors CAN help you by offering advice on job and internship search strategies.
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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO MENTOR CURRENT STUDENTS
The Power Breakfast is an annual event where alumni, from a wide range of professional backgrounds, participate in round table conversations with the current senior class. Visiting alumni mentors give students a more in-depth look at possible career paths, successes, and insights. Mentors are selected based on the academic and professional interests of the senior class.
Senior Class Panel
The Senior Class Panel is an annual tradition where college-age alumni return to campus to participate in a moderated discussion with the current senior class. Discussion topics include finding on- and off-campus jobs, joining clubs, getting research positions and internships, making course selections, and more. These topics lead to building a resume, determining a career path, searching for a job, interviewing, and networking.
If you're interested in participating in one of our on-campus mentorship and networking events or would like to get more involved, please email us at D-EHorizon@d-e.org.
LinkedIn & D-E
D-E encourages all alumni to follow Dwight-Englewood School on LinkedIn. Our LinkedIn profile allows you to search for more than 1,600 D-E alumni by company, keyword or title.
You can also join our exclusive Alumni Group (Dwight Englewood School Group) to connect with over 600 fellow D-E alumni and extend their professional network. Alumni can also promote their businesses and post job and internship opportunities. The group is exclusive to D-E alumni so it is vital to add Dwight-Englewood School to your LinkedIn profile under Education.
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