Mines Mentoring Program
At Mines, we don’t do solo ascents. We climb together. And through the Mines Mentoring program, we’re growing and supporting the Oredigger family in new, exciting and meaningful ways.
The Mines Mentoring program connects businesses and professionals with Mines alumni, employees and students (the Oredigger Network), enriches the preparation and experiences of aspiring entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurs @ Mines) and serves to welcome and orient new Mines faculty to our community (extended onboarding).
We invite mentors to lend their time and expertise to Mines students, employees and alumni; connect with Orediggers to help grow their knowledge and network in ways that are proven to energize their careers; and offer student entrepreneurs and new faculty an enriching and supportive mentor-led community.
The Oredigger Network
What is the Oredigger Network?
- A rare-access online community where business professionals, industry leaders, alumni, faculty/staff and others volunteer to individually mentor, or be mentored by, members of the Oredigger community.
- For Orediggers, by Orediggers. This network is built and supported by contributions from members of the Mines community. All Mines community members are invited to participate as either a mentor, mentee or both.
- A resource for today and tomorrow. Mentees can connect to a mentor who can answer their questions, get to know them and offer advice and guidance on everything from career next steps to college course selections. Once inside the network, you’ll also have access to more resources, professionals in your industry and company recruiters.
The Oredigger Network and the opportunities it offers is funded by a generous gift from Phillips 66.
Recommended mentoring pairs
I want to be mentored
Choosing a mentor is an important decision.
One thing we like about the Oredigger Network is its ability to suggest a mentoring match based on the selections you choose in your profile. Before you contact the person ranked most compatible, it’s important to ask yourself what you’re hoping to get out of the experience to avoid frustration for either you or the mentor.
Based on feedback from past mentor and mentee users, we encourage you to consider a pairing based on your role and experiences at Mines or in industry to-date. Note, these are general recommendations. We recognize each user has individual needs and expectations for mentoring.
|I am a(n) ...||Recommended mentor|
|First-year student or sophomore||Junior, Senior|
|Junior or senior||Alumni, industry representative (if interested in joining industry after graduation)
Grad student, faculty (if interested in going to graduate school or working in academia after graduation)
|Graduate student||Alumni, industry representative (if interested in joining industry after graduation)
Faculty (if interested in working in academia after graduation)
|Junior faculty||Senior or tenured faculty|
|Alumni||Industry or senior faculty|
|Staff||Staff >2 years your senior|
I want to mentor
Saying yes to a mentee request is an important decision.
One thing we like about the Oredigger Network is its ability to suggest a mentoring match based on the selections you choose in your profile.
Based on feedback from past mentor and mentee users, we encourage you to say yes to a mentoring request based on your role and experiences at Mines or in industry to-date. Note, these are general recommendations. We recognize each user has individual expectations for mentoring.
|I am a(n) ...||Recommended mentee|
|Junior, Senior||First-year student, sophomore|
|Graduate student||Junior, senior (interested in going to graduate school or working in academia after graduation)|
|Faculty||Graduate student or junior faculty|
|Staff||Staff >2 years your junior|
|Alumni, industry representative||Junior, senior (interested in joining industry after graduation)
Young alumni <5 years post-graduation
Fall 2021 Registration Closes
Mark your calendar
August 16, 2021 – Registration opens
September 7, 2021 – Registration closes
Mentees initiate mentoring experience by sending mentors a connection request. The Oredigger Network experience runs for six months unless pair decide to end earlier.
Three reasons to join
- Grow your network with ease. The Oredigger Network is a virtual community matching students, alumni and faculty/staff with peers, colleagues, industry professionals and others—all via one-to-one virtual meet-ups.
- It’s a proven way to improve your career prospects (today and into the future). Knowing someone inside an industry or organization—or with connections within an organization—dramatically improves the likelihood of landing an interview and a job. And once employed, employees with a mentor are twice as likely to be promoted as those without.
- Orediggers helping Orediggers. Opportunity to engage with campus, share your expertise, gain new skills and achieve your professional or personal goals.
It has been really easy and fun. We have made real good progress and my mentee has a few interviews lined up. She has a great attitude and I am excited to see her thrive somewhere.
I appreciate the opportunity to connect with a mentor who has opted in to the program and is happy to meet with me and help me work on professional goals. Finding time and a willing mentor would be much harder without this program. Thank you!
Loving this program; just giving the opportunity and platform to connect with Mines alumni and receive/give mentoring advice is awesome and has really been helping me with my graduate applications.
Programs by invitation
Entrepreneuers @ Mines
Looking for a way to expand your network while building key skills? Join the Entrepreneurs at Mines program where you can find a peer-run mentoring group on topics and skills important to your unique learning needs.
The program is offered and organized by the Entrepreneurship and Innovation program at Mines and is currently invite only.
New Faculty Extended On-boarding
Navigating the first year on campus can be challenging—even for faculty. But with extended onboarding, seasoned faculty members can help their new colleagues get settled in their new environment and find success on campus. Over the course of two semesters, mentors and mentees in this program connect virtually each month and discuss rotating topics via discussion boards and messaging.
The program is offered and organized by faculty at Mines and is currently invite only.