Tawjeeh

Tawjeeh Mentorship Program

We have all relied on the coaching and advice of friends and colleagues in helping to choose our career paths. While some seek to figure out the next step in their career and others are just trying to figure out how their studies relate to the outside world, the principal behind Tawjeeh Mentorship Programs is that we can help guide each other through these career decisions by relying on the unique experiences that exist within our community in Qatar. As lifelong learners there is something for us to gain from every interaction, we hope each mentor and mentee will gain something valuable in the relationship that is built in the Tawjeeh Mentorship Program.

What is Tawjeeh?
The Tawjeeh program is a unique mentoring program that brings Georgetown students and alumni together to help develop networks for support in their professional lives. Since life is often described as a journey, the program name is taken from the Arabic word “Tawjeeh,” meaning guidance. in recognition of the importance of having mentors to help students find their direction.

 

Vision Statement

The vision of Tawjeeh is to create a networked world of connections among GU-Q students, recent graduates and Georgetown alumni, in order to have a positive impact by making informed choices for life and work.

 

Mission Statement

Tawjeeh’s mission is to build a mentoring network of students and alumni in order to develop relationships that support success in all aspects of academic and professional life.

 

Tawjeeh Program

Why should I be a mentor?
Being a mentor is a great way to make a positive impact someone’s life. While this may initially feel like a heavy responsibility, the commitment is not necessarily a burden and it can be beneficial to both the mentor and the mentee. As alumni of a Jesuit institution, mentoring is a great way for graduates to live in the service of others. Many of the questions being asked by students and young alumni are the same questions and struggles that alumni mentors have faced previously. Helping students and alumni become informed lifelong learners, engaged citizens and productive employees is at the core of the University’s values. It strengthens our community and all aspects of both the personal and professional life.

Why should I be a mentee?
Working through the Tawjeeh program is a great way to help discover more about yourself and learn more about the professional world. There are many reasons to be mentored and it all depends on your needs. The program provides opportunities to gain an outside perspective on decisions, to gather more information about a professional field or simply to talk through decisions you are facing. However, being a mentee does take some responsibility. You need to realize that the mentor is investing his or her time in you, and you need to treat them accordingly.

I just graduated! I don’t know how to be a mentor!
That’s not true. Many of the questions and issues that students and other young alumni face are the same ones you faced at graduation. A mentorship isn’t about solving the problem or simply telling the mentee what to do. It is really about listening, exploring options and helping them talk through the problem. To alleviate any concerns about mentoring we will be offering regular training sessions to help mentors share best practices and strengthen their coaching and mentoring skills. 

Do I really have time to be a mentor?
Absolutely. Every mentorship experience is different and you will likely get as much out of it as you put in. We don’t want this program to be overly burdensome to you but we do ask you to commit a minimum of one hour per month over the course of the semester to meet with your mentee. This can be done at your convenience by meeting for lunch or coffee, or even just making a phone call, depending on what suits your schedule. Both mentor and mentee should feel free to schedule additional time as appropriate.

What are the benefits of being a mentor?
All people engaged in mentoring relationships benefit from the experience. Mentors benefit by building a stronger sense of community and by learning about themselves while being challenged to see an issue through another person’s eyes. Mentees benefit from developing relationships with professionals who can advise them on their personal and professional goals and whose experience can assist them with moving forward. Both mentors and mentees have the opportunity to learn about themselves and others by engaging in relationships with fellow Hoyas who may be generationally, ethnically, educationally or professionally different. Specifically through the Tawjeeh program, new mentors can obtain training and mentoring sessions to better develop their mentoring and coaching skills. These same mentoring and coaching skills can be used to lead and guide teams in the workplace. 
 

For mentors and mentees, the next steps are quite simple:

  • Mentees will complete a basic information form to help with the matching process.
  • Mentors will be alerted when a mentee has been assigned to them.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 a realistic respect for the problems faced by their mentees with an 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.