Preparing For Success


      As a mentor, you play an instrumental role in guiding your mentee to a successful future.  All students at Bellevue East and Bellevue West have access to the Career Center at both schools with an abundance of resources and professional guidance by our staff.   So, you may be asking, “Where do I start?”  “What can I do to prepare my mentee for the future?”  Here are a few tips to get you started.

What can you do right now to help prepare your mentee for the next 4-8 years?It’s important that you support your mentee throughout their college planning- help them organize the process, meet deadlines, and talk with the right people. Here are a few tips to consider:

Listen. Be receptive to and listen when your mentee wants to discuss career and/or college plans.

Explore. Have your mentee explore career and college options and collect as much information as possible. Talk about where they see themselves in 5 years. What are some of their goals?

Encourage. Encourage them to capture their ideas on paper. One idea is to create a scrapbook of their plans for career and college.

Be aware. Be aware of various deadlines for applications to colleges and financial aid. Put them on a calendar that both you and your teen can look at.

Step in. Suggest that your mentee meet with a school counselor at least once a year, beginning in the 10th grade, to learn more about college and career planning. Work with your TeamMates Support Staff to find a tutor, if you mentee would like one.

Be supportive. Be supportive of your mentee, and meet with their counselor if you sense that he or she needs additional help. Help with homework if needed.

Connect to career. Encourage your mentee by helping them see the connection between college and career. Emphasize the importance of selecting a major that helps them prepare for a career. Help them arrange job shadowing if possible.

Research. If your mentee is undecided about a career direction, do not try to fix it. Let them look into all the possibilities. Research with your mentee trade schools, colleges, business schools, and other organizations.

 Together with your mentee check out the Harvard Mentoring Project’s Website at to learn about famous, successful people and their mentors. You can learn about who mentored: Colin Powell, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey, etc.

 For other tips and suggestions, please check out this toolbox: