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Frequently Asked Questions

Below is a list of the frequently asked questions about becoming an OWL Career Mentor and what you can expect as an OWL Career Mentor. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Q: How do I become an OWL Career Mentor?
A: The Rice University OWL Career Mentor Network is hosted on LinkedIn as a Networking Group. To join, visit the Rice University OWL Career Mentor Network group page and click the “Join Group” button. Your request for membership will be approved within 48 hours. Please note: To join the OWL Career Mentor Network, you must have a LinkedIn profile. Browse our resources to learn about LinkedIn and building a professional profile.

Q: Why should I become an OWL Career Mentor?
A: There are many benefits to being an OWL Career Mentor!

Q: How much time should I expect to give as an OWL Career Mentor?
A: You may participate as much as you wish to - your time commitment is entirely up to you. Check out our mentoring opportunities, or make a suggestion.

Q: How often will students contact me?
A: Due to the nature of LinkedIn and the possibility for direct messaging, we do not know which students or how many students will show interest in reaching out to you. If the timing is inconvenient or you are too busy to help a student at the time they message you, you can politely inform the student that now is not a convenient time for you. You could even suggest someone else for the student to reach out to if you know of someone who might be a good fit to answer his or her question.

Q: If I join this network, will students ask me to get them a job?
A: No. While jobs and internships are possible outcomes of networking through the OWL Career Mentor Network, you are not expected to provide this service. No student should contact you to try and solicit a job from you. However, they may contact you to ask for an informational interview. If a student does ask you for a job, please inform them that you are not able to help them in that way. If you are willing, you may offer to tell them about working in the company or provide insight into your company's recruiting process.