Overview of the FlexMindset Mentoring Network

Do you want to access the knowledge and experience of mentoring partners? Are you ready to connect with people who you can build mentoring and knowledge-sharing relationships with? Learn how to succeed in your endeavors as part of the FlexMindset network geared towards enhancing professional and academic success. We are currently supporting the 1st CUNY-wide mentoring initiative. We will be providing the online network in which you can choose your own mentoring partner, initiate discussions on best practices for career management and studying, and join a variety of knowledge-sharing events.

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More about the network in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document:

Will I have time to participate in the FlexMindset network?
How much time is required on my part in the FlexMindset network?
What is FlexMindset?
What is a FlexMindset mentoring partner?
What is the FlexMindset network?
Why do I need a mentoring partner?
Who participates in the FlexMindset network?
How long is the mentoring commitment?
How often do I meet with my mentoring partner?
How do I meet with my mentoring partner?
Do I have to prepare for our mentoring partner meetings?
What if I can’t find a mentoring partner in my area/industry of interest?
What resources are available to me?
What is the cost of joining this network?

Will I have time to participate in the FlexMindset network?
You know your schedule best, of course. What the FlexMindset network does offer is maximum flexibility: you get to choose the times for when you are available (as long as you will be available for the length of initial mentoring you have selected), and how much time you’d like to spend. Many network activities will be held online, so that you can attend in the comfort of your own home.

How much time is required on my part in the FlexMindset network?
To join the network, it only takes 3 simple steps. The 1st two steps probably only take about 5 minutes (1 minute and 4 minutes, respectively.) The final step depends on whether you have your LinkedIn profile or resume handy. If it is available, then it would only take about 5 minutes to copy the information, paste it in, and then submit it for membership approval. During the approval process, you will receive additional notifications regarding membership requirements. As for how much time you would spend after becoming a FlexMindset mentoring network member, it would depend on what you have set as your mentoring preferences, and whether you would like to attend the events to which you’re invited.

What is FlexMindset?
FlexMindset aims to help you ace that interview, get your dream job, and/or live the life you’ve always wanted by providing an easily accessible platform for building personalized mentoring and knowledge-sharing relationships with maximum flexibility in choice of mentors, joining dates, and meeting options. Our mission encompasses all walks of life and areas of the world – we can help each other to overcome challenges and reach the next level of success, no matter how tough it may be. This includes succeeding in challenges like job interviews, personal setbacks, and certification exams (e.g. CPA). We aim to provide handy resources on career management, a community for encouragement, and are currently supporting the 1st CUNY-wide mentoring initiative to allow students to better find job or internship opportunities with the help of a mentoring partner.

What is a FlexMindset mentoring partner?
A mentoring partner is someone who enters the FlexMindset network with the desire to improve him/herself to achieve success while helping the mentoring partner he/she is paired with do the same.

What is the FlexMindset network?
This a program that allows mentoring partners to be matched up with each other for mutual support, provides them with a community for personal and professional development, and resources to harness their full potential.

Why do I need a mentoring partner?
The importance of a human connection can not be understated. In research studies on 1 on 1 tutoring using mastery principles, students who received the tutoring outperformed peers by 2 standard deviations – landing in the top 2% of the class (this is known as Bloom’s 2 sigma problem.) Mentoring partners can connect with and help support each other to reach for success.

Who participates in the FlexMindset Mentoring Network?
The program is open to anyone who is interested in professional or personal development.

How long is the mentoring commitment?
You can choose how long you’d like to mentor initially. The typical mentoring period itself mirrors the academic schedule, so for new members in the spring, it would begin at the end of January, and end in May. (New members in the fall would have September to December.) Mentoring partners may choose to continue their relationship after the end of the mentoring commitment period.

How often do I meet with my mentoring partner?
As a FlexMindset network member, you are required to meet with your mentoring partner for the frequency you have specified during sign-up/registration. In the event you will like to change the frequency, you may do so at any time, but please notify your mentoring partner(s). You should also maintain regular email contact, as this helps to build a relationship.

How do I meet with my mentoring partner?
You can meet with your mentoring partner either via online tools (such as Google+ Hangout, Skype, etc.) or in person/by phone if in the same geographic area. Please let us know if we can assist with methods of meeting.

Do I have to prepare for our mentoring partner meetings?
Yes, you should prepare beforehand to make effective use of time for both of you. Some types of training/practice you can do with your mentoring partner would be discussed during orientation.

What if I can’t find a mentoring partner in my area/industry of interest?
A critical part about life is being open to making connections. If a mentoring partner is outside of your area/industry of interest, he/she can still provide valuable knowledge and experience. Be open to meeting new people and you will be able to learn much more than you would otherwise. Also, new members will be joining the network all the time, so you can be notified when one does provide a good fit.

What resources are available to me?
Besides connecting with your mentoring partner, you may be invited to attend workshops/events on best practices for success, and can participate in the job tips/learning tools forums here at FlexMindset. Join our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn communities for more updates.

What is the cost of this program?
For joining this program, participants are invited to join completely FREE. Sign-up now when you get invited!

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