FAQ and tips EUR Connect
- Look for mentors or mentees through a powerful and searchable professional directory and utilize the communication tools to contact each other directly through the site
- Ask for or give advice through a message board
- Alumni can search for jobs posted by the EUR community
- Browse a calendar of networking and professional development events
- Engage with your professional peers
- And more
EUR Connect is just for the EUR community. While sites like LinkedIn enable you to network broadly, EUR Connect provides an exclusive and focused level of access to the unique EUR Network. The Erasmus Alumni form a wide community of business and civic leaders of academics and thought leaders. They can be found across the entire globe, in virtually every type of company or institution.
EUR Connect is also a valuable complement to your LinkedIn account, and you can import your LinkedIn information into EUR Connect.
EUR Connect is both a first, important step for leveraging the expertise and talent of the EUR community, and a way to amplify your professional development reach in unison with LinkedIn.
All students and alumni will be granted access to the site, as well as EUR faculty, staff and other relations who are looking to connect with the EUR network in support of professional development.
Alumni and mentors can share their professional and educational expertise in several ways:
- Introduce others to your connections
- Open doors at your workplace
- Answer industry-specific questions
- Offer advice and discuss your career path
- Speak to student groups or be part of a panel
- Welcome students to shadow you at your place of employment or take part in a summer internship
- And more
Yes, the website will be password protected. You can choose to sign in through your email, LinkedIn or Facebook account.
If you’ve forgotten your password, use the ‘forgotten your password’ link to reset a new password. If you are sure you have the right username and password, then it might be that you’ve changed the email address the system is linked to. If you change your email address in your profile, it might affect your log in details. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
Are you interested in the professional en personal development of others? And would you like to give back to the EUR Community? Then mentoring might be something for you.
As an EUR Mentor you are a guide and resource who shares your education and professional experience to help pave the way for students to succeed at EUR and beyond. You may participate as much or as little as you wish, whenever and wherever you wish — your time commitment is entirely up to you.
As an EUR Mentor, you play several roles, including:
• Motivator: expresses belief and confidence in the mentee’s abilities, and encourages the mentee to try new things.
• Resource: teaches and advises the mentee on how to make professional contacts, and introduces the mentee to new people, places or ideas.
• Supporter: encourages open and honest dialogue, and listens to and responds to the needs of the mentee.
• Coach: helps the mentee to develop and work to achieve realistic and meaningful goals.
After you accept a mentoring request, expect that the student will follow with a message. Understand your mentee's needs and priorities at the moment. It is important to focus on what/why your mentee is asking for your help.
Give options to your mentee rather than telling them what to do. Bounce ideas back and forth with your mentee. Make sure you are providing your thoughts and feedback instead of directly telling your mentee what to do. Enlighten the path but let them choose the next step. They are more likely to follow through.
When your mentee makes a mistake, let them know. You might be the first one to tell them that they're doing it wrong.
Long-term mentoring often happens when the mentee feels that their continued outreach is welcomed. At the end of your conversation, invite them to stay in touch. If you know that they have a project or an interview or a decision that they are making soon, follow up and inquire what happened. During exam time, send a good luck and maybe a study tip to help boost their confidence. This opens many doors to follow-up mentoring conversations. It will also teach them what proper follow-up and relationship building means.
Students can learn from you what professional behaviour looks like. Show them through your writing what a business correspondence looks like. Show them the importance of honouring one's commitments and appointments and limit rescheduling or running late.
Your own experience will be enough in most situations. However, we don't expect you to be able to answer all of your mentee’s questions. For career-related resources, you can review and refer students to the EUR website: https://www.eur.nl/essc/. The EUR offers a range of services to help students achieve academic and personal success and we can provide information to you for your mentees.
Please note that while jobs and internships are possible outcomes of mentoring and networking, you are not expected to provide this service. Students 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.
If you are seeking more formalized mentoring at this time, you can click “Request Mentorship” on the right side of a profile page. You will need to include a customized note in this request similar to the templates below.
Remember, mentoring is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. You may request an alumnus to be your mentor because you want to learn about working abroad or to unpack the medical or graduate school application and interview processes. Or, perhaps you want to learn more about a particular industry or job function. The mentoring relationship is defined both by your needs and your mentor’s availability.
Alternatively, if you don’t need a formal mentor at this time, you can simply message an alumnus for specific advice.
Following up with your connection(s) is the most crucial component of utilizing EUR Connect. If you don’t hear back, move on to the next alumnus and continue your search for advice.
- First, identify commonalities between you and the potential connection and/or mentor:
Some common examples are: Erasmus University Rotterdam, major, geographic location (Are you from the same area? Do you have family/friends there?), area of interest, student club leadership/previous internship/relevant course project(s), or interest in the mentor’s job function and/or organization in which they work.
- Second, always have an “ask” — do not leave the message open-ended.
Remember: you are asking for a mentor’s advice, you are not explicitly asking for an internship or job.
So, what do you want from this request? Here are a few possibilities to brainstorm (this is not an exhaustive list — you can customize it based on your needs):
- Connect over the phone/email/in-person
- Get introduced to industry connections
Gain advice on career related topics including: job functions, organizational culture, industry specific information (such as typical career path and training), graduate school (i.e. request information about the grad school program that your connection attended and its application process).
Prepare, be concise and respect the member’s time. Remember, this person is taking time out of their busy schedule to talk to you. Here are some potential questions you might customize for your conversation. Target five to ten questions knowing you may not get to ask all of them. Let the conversation flow organically and rely on the questions as needed.
Be sure to follow up after you talk with a thank you note via EUR Connect (or email if you have contact information outside of the system).
It’s up to you. If you still have unanswered questions, ask them (but, again, be mindful of time). If the person offers to connect you with contacts outside of EUR Connect, follow up on that offer. If you have good news to share or relevant information, then definitely reach out. Remember: networking is a two-way street, and it’s not always about reaching out to just ask for a favour.
Maybe. The message board can be effective in broadly communicating an inquiry or opportunity. Additionally, if you’re exploring a field or job function, take the time to research and identify possible connections to have a more customized approach for you and the alumnus.
In short, it’s not up to the users of EUR Connect to respond to your inquiry directly on the message board — if you pursue this route, you need to post your message and be sure to follow up with those who comment on your message.
If you seek mentors, EUR alumni, staff and other relations are tremendous resources. The users in EUR Connect actively signed up to help students. Depending on the industry you wish to pursue, you may also go beyond EUR Connect to meet mentors who will help you gain insight on a particular field or organization.
Attending (live) events is one of the best ways to meet new people. The EUR hosts events on campus to help students and alumni network with each other. LinkedIn and EUR Connect are outstanding resources; however, they supplement, not replace, actively attending events and networking in person.