Actuarial Mentoring Program

Each academic year, the University of Minnesota Actuarial Mentoring Program matches actuarial students with local practicing actuaries who provide valuable career information and strategies. The Actuarial Mentoring Program is part of the College of Science and Engineering Mentoring Program. The program begins in October and ends the following April. The mentoring relationships provide a learning experience for actuarial students outside the classroom, where they have a chance to see the opportunities that the "real world" has in store for them. These relationships are professional in nature; help students make the transition to the world of work; and provide an opportunity for professional development, networking, and an exchange of ideas.

The outcome for students includes building their professional network, refining communication skills, connecting academics and career, exploring new areas of interest, and gaining exposure to career advice. The outcome for mentors includes refining coaching and mentoring skills, supporting the development of future leaders in your profession, expanding your professional network, and strengthening ties with the University of Minnesota Actuarial Student Program.

Mentor Responsibilities

Mentee Responsibilities

  • Represent the actuarial career, reflecting your profession's attitudes, concerns, and insights.
  • Serve as a representative of your profession and employer by introducing the student to your industry.
  • Spend approximately 1 - 2 hours per month building a relationship with the student.  Face-to-face meetings are desired, but these can be supplemented with phone calls and emails.
  • Assist the student in identifying realistic goals. Listen to the needs of the student, define goals, assess progress, and celebrate accomplishments.
  • Students are expected to initiate and maintain contact with mentors; however some students will need coaching. Outline your expectations for student initiative.
  • Maintain and model professional behavior. Define professional behavior if needed.
  • Respect confidences and trust each other.
  • Be yourself, be flexible, and be a good listener.
  • Communicate problems to the program director. Notify staff if there is a change in your ability to participate in the program.
  • Initiate and maintain regular contact with mentor.
  • Spend approximately 1 - 2 hours per months building a relationship with the mentor. Face-to-face meetings are desired, but these can be supplemented with phone calls and emails.
  • Identify realistic goals. Discuss your needs, define goals, assess progress, and celebrate accomplishments.
  • Inform your mentor about your course schedule, exam schedule, and other priorities.
  • Maintain and model professional behavior. Ask your mentor to define professional behavior.
  • Respect confidences and trust each other.
  • Be yourself, be flexible, and be a good listener.
  • Communicate problems to the program director. Notify staff if there is a change in your ability to participate in the program.

Registration Information is available through CSE Mentor Program

Documents for Mentor/Mentee

  • Partnership Agreement (PDF iconpdf)
  • Discussion Plan, Goal Setting (PDF iconpdf)
  • Possible Discussion Topics for Actuarial Mentors and Mentees (Microsoft Office document icondoc)
  • University of Minnesota Alumni Association Mentoring Program Handbook (pdf)

Contact

Actuarial Mentoring Program Coordinator - Aileen Conlon Lyle ( )