Sometimes the only thing young professionals need to get their career off to a great start is a little advice and a nudge in the right direction. Current and budding entrepreneurs, artists, business leaders and more, can join the new Terrapins Connect mentorship program to give and receive advice and industry insights in a safe and secure environment. Sign up as a mentor or mentee today. 

 

Note: Our new mentorship platform, Terrapins Connect is officially launching soon! In the meantime, visit terrapinsconnect.umd.edu to get set up.


Terrapins Connect FAQs

How do I sign up?

Signing up is easy. Go to www.terrapinsconnect.umd.edu and click on "Join Our Community." Mentors and mentees can choose to sign in through LinkedIn, Facebook or email.

It only took me a few minutes to sign up. What did I miss?
(Refers to both mentors and mentees)

It does only take a few minutes to sign up! Once you select your sign-in method, just enter some brief information about yourself, your goals and your availability.

How do I get connected with a mentor?

The program will recommend connections based on your profile information. You can also choose to browse the entire TerrapinsConnect community by industry, major, location and more. Once you decide to reach out to a mentor, send a request to become officially paired.

Once they accept, they can send you a meeting invite for a phone call or video chat. You will receive emails to let you know when you've received a message.

I want to spend only one hour a week as a mentor. Is this possible?

Yes, as a mentor you can choose the time commitment you are comfortable with. At any time, you can update your availability preferences, including how much time you’d like to commit and how many mentees you can support simultaneously. You can even sync your calendar!

 

We recommend that you try to connect with your mentees once every two weeks, but you can decide the best schedule for you and your mentee. You also have the option to decline connection requests from mentees if your schedule is full or if you think they are the wrong fit.

I am a mentor and no one has contacted me. Why?

Make sure you have taken the matching quiz to set your preferences, filled out your profile and set your availability. This will make it easier for mentees to find you! Also, remember it may take a while for mentees to find you depending on the size of the program.

 

Additionally, check your spam folder in case of any lost messages. If you find messages are consistently appearing in spam, click the Help button in the bottom left of the Terrapins Connect platform.

Can I have an anonymous profile?

Terrapins Connect does NOT have an anonymous profile option. We felt it was important for people to "see" the face of their mentor, especially since the initial contact between mentor and mentee is via email. If you need to remain anonymous but want to participate in this program, please contact cjohns01@umd.edu.

Is my personal information secure?

Terrapins Connect is powered by PeopleGrove, which uses your information solely "for the purpose of providing the Service, identifying and communicating with you, responding to your requests/inquiries, and improving the Service." To learn more, view PeopleGrove's Privacy Policy.

Is it appropriate to ask an advisor for a job or a contact in his or her HR department?

This is a professional networking program, so you should treat the conversations with your mentor in a professional manner. There may be times where it's appropriate to ask this question, but remember this is not an opportunity to "spam" mentors with your resume, etc., as tempting as it may be. 

 

For tips on how to interact with your mentor, visit the Resources section of Terrapins Connect.

What's the best way to use this resource?

Each individual will use this resource differently. Some will have specific professional development questions, some will want to speak with people employed in specific industries or at specific organizations, some may need to talk through making their resume more concise. It will depend on you and how you feel you can best utilize Terrapins Connect.

I do not want to be a mentor/mentee anymore. How do I delete my profile?

Please email alumni@umd.edu and explain you want your profile deleted from the system. We will remove you from the system within five business days.

Am I able to restrict the types of students I advise?   

We ask that you be open to all students on campus, as you never know how your experiences might related to them, even though they may not be an "expected" advisee (i.e.. an engineering student seeking advice from a lawyer or someone in the public sector).

Do I have to advise every student who contacts me?

No.  You can set your availability to allow connection requests from the number of mentees that you are comfortable of. You can also deny any connection request if your schedule is full or you feel it is the wrong fit.

As a mentor, can I change my availability?

Yes. You can update your availability at any time by clicking the dropdown menu next to your icon in the top right. Select "My Preferences" and navigate to the "Availability" section in the left sidebar.

How long or how many times can a mentor and a mentee stay connected?

Mentors and mentees can choose to communicate as often as is convenient for them. If a mentor and mentee would like to stay connected long-term, the Resources section has helpful tips for coordinating future correspondence.