The FASS Mentorship Programme, established in 2006, provides a link between FASS undergraduates and successful FASS alumni. Providing insights on specific career sectors and how to get ahead, established alumni act as Mentors to guide students in charting a career path ahead.
Applications are submitted in the penultimate year. A call is made in February each year for students to sign up to the FASS Mentorship Programme. Applications cycle for students graduating in Jun or Dec 2019 is now open. To sign up, please go here.
72 Mentors and 122 Mentees are participating in the AY2017/18 programme.
The year-long mentorship programme starts from August, at the beginning of each academic year, until July of the following year. It caters specifically to students in their graduating year. We recommend:
- 4 meetings. Face-to-face meetings are best. These could be tea/lunch or office visits. But if these are not possible, text messages, email exchanges, phone chats, or a combination of these, are acceptable.
- Meetings could discuss matters relating to a specific work sector, career path development, and professional practices.
Mentees are expected to attend these four events:
The Briefing -- This is held Semester 1 Week 1 to inform Mentees of their Mentors, and what to expect during the mentorship year.
The Welcome -- This is held in August (usually Semester 1 Week 2) at the start of the programme year. Mentors and their new Mentees are introduced to each other. Mentors are also encouraged to invite their past Mentees to this event. 2017 dinner is being held at NUSS Kent Ridge Guild House on 22 August 2017.
The Gathering: FASS Alumni-Student Networking Evening -- Students in the FASS Mentorship Programme are especially invited to attend this event to meet other alumni and students to broaden their network. The next one, on 14 March 2018, will include a lecture by Prof John Miksic called The Value of Volunteers: How Half a Million Artefacts Were Dug Up in Singapore. If you wish to attend, please sign-up here.
The Thank you -- This end-of-programme event is held together with The Welcome. It gives Mentees a chance to thank their Mentors and to meet next year's New Mentees. Often, experienced Mentors invite their Mentees from past years.
"Despite my mentor's busy schedule, she was always prompt in replying emails and met with me over meals. She even offered me an internship opportunity at the Singapore Tourism Board. At the end of this mentorship, I gained more than just career guidance and personal development. Mentees should not go into this programme with the mindset of leveraging on their mentors solely but to establish a two-way relationship in order to benefit more from mentorship." - Juvy Pang, Geography Major