FAQs:

 About Mentoring: What is Mentoring?

  • Mentoring is a connection established to provide advisory guidance for the personal and professional development of the person being mentored. A mentor is not a potential employer, employment recruiter, coach or instructor. A mentor is a source of wisdom, not someone who observes and advises on specific actions or behavioral changes of the mentee’s daily work and correspondence. At Philo4Thought, we match young professionals with mentors within our network. For a list of available mentors, click here
     

  • By contrast, Coaching & Instruction provide an immediate, temporary service to help build, improve or eliminate specific habits in targeted areas. A coach or instructor helps to correct behaviors that detract from one’s performance and helps to strengthen habits leading to productive performance. We offer monthly workshops and online tutorials as well as 1-on-1 tutorial services. For more information, click here.

  • An Employment Recruiters and other resources are available in our Resource Center and are not included in the direct services provided. 

Choosing a Mentor: What is the difference between "Peer Mentor" and "Concierge Mentor"? 

  • Peer Mentors are members of the young professional community who volunteer their time to provide guidance to students and young professionals transitioning from school to the workforce or from one type of job/program to another. They are peer advisors, not instructors or recruiters.

  • Concierge Mentors are available for 1-on-1 specified professional instruction. Philo4Thought Concierge Mentors are instructors who work with students and young professionals for a modest rate of $75 hourly ($40 hourly for all Philo4Thought Passport Members). These are trained instructors with advanced degrees in education, executive management, etc. Signing up for a Concierge Mentor is beneficial to those who are unable to attend our monthly small-group workshops.

  • Bilingual Mentors are available upon request. If you require either a translation of documents or a bilingual mentor, please email p4tinfo@gmail.com for help securing the necessary accommodations. 

Networking: How do I connect with other young professionals?

  • The best way to connect with other young professionals in your desired profession (or area of study) is to join a professional organization, attend lectures and mixers, or to connect through introductions offered through organizations like Philo4Thought, which are designed to direct young professionals to affiliate professional and cultural groups, helping them build a stronger professional and social network.

  • If you'd like to be connected with a mentor or a current list of events in your area, please browse our list of available Peer Mentors and email your resume and mentoring request to p4tinfo@gmail.com.  ​

Requirements: Do I need to be Greek to benefit from P4T events/meetings/services?

  • Philo4Thought is fundamentally Hellenic in spirit, based on the deep-seated humanitarian values that have always been at the heart of the Greek culture. Our primary viewership came together through a mutual interest in classical philosophical values leading to excellence of character and the true spirit of community outreach -- Philotimo.

  • From this came our mission to provide aid to immigrant youth from Greek/Greek American communities who struggle to adapt to the endless demands of school, work, and life. While we initially opened our doors for them, we don't refuse aid to anyone in need. The one thing we ask is that students be at least college-bound high school Seniors who are intent on attending school and/or building their future beyond graduation. Our events and publications are available to all those in need.

Membership: ​What is the benefit of being a Student or HYP Passport Member?

  • We are constantly working to improve the quality and detail of the services we offer today's young professionals! Please click here for details on the benefits of being a Passport Member.

  • Philo4Thought is a nonprofit philanthropic educational foundation. As such, all memberships and sponsorships are tax deductible. A portion of all proceeds is allocated to the advancement of charitable causes to support the advancement of our young professional community. A list of collaborators and affiliates is available in the scrolling "Sponsors" banner at the bottom of this page.

Pricing: Why are your rates so low?

  • In the interest of providing proper career support to those in need our rates are significantly lower than the rates available through other advisory service providers. We do charge a small fee to cover the costs of our resources and services and depend on annual and seasonal sponsors to help keep our costs low.    

Terms of Service: What are your Terms of Service?

  • Whether attending an MM, WW or CMS, Philo4Thought offers the perfect confidential "safe space" to discuss questions and problems related to your resume, job search and other career-oriented questions. Please click here for our Terms of Service.

Monthly Advisory Sessions: What is included in the virtual chats and workshops?

  • We are here to point young people in the direction of opportunities and to provide support to help them update their resumes, prepare their job applications, or practice their interview skills, elevator pitches, etc. 

  • The monthly discussion forums begin with basic introductions and a short summary of what each person who signs up needs to discuss. To optimize the available time and resources, we often email registered participants a few days in advance to request this information so we are prepared for the discussion.

  • During seasons when we have returning workshop participants, we try to incorporate special topics and guest speakers based on the needs and interests of returning participants.

  • We are not recruiters and are not paid by any of the companies listed on our Job Board.   

Monthly Advisory Sessions: What topics are covered at the monthly events?

      Topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Building a Confident Professional Networking Style

  • Building Strong Interview Skills

  • Business Communication Protocols

  • Choosing a Career Path

  • College Applications & Essays (Fall)

  • Effective Job Search

  • Elevator Pitches

  • Entrepreneurial Startups 

  • Financial Planning/FAFSA

  • HR Policies (Conflict of Interest, Intellectual Property, Harassment, etc.)

  • Personal Branding

  • Professional Etiquette

  • Resume/Cover Letter Bootcamp

  • Work-Life Balance & Planning

Registration: Do I have to register online?

  • Yes! All participants are asked visit our Events Page to register online. Online registration also serves as a confirmation that you understand and agree to our Terms of Service and will respect the privacy of all participants. All questions and materials shared in this monthly forum are strictly confidential and not to be shared outside the safe space of the discussion group.

Summer Tutorials: Are all services available in the summer months?

  • No. The monthly meetups run from September through May, but Concierge Mentoring is still available in the summer months. 

Concierge Mentoring: Is one-on-one advisement available?

  • Yes, Concierge Mentoring Sessions are available year-round. Private career tutorials are available at the hourly rates indicated at the top of this page.

  

Becoming a Mentor: How do I become a Mentor? How will mentoring impact my schedule? 

  • Peer Mentoring a college student or new graduate involves connecting with each other to discuss mentee's questions vis-a-vis your experience. While every concern might not be 100% resolved in these discussions, the act of sharing common stories, questions and interest helps build the young person's confidence and choose a career path with more deliberation. Students are connected with Peer Mentors by introduction through a P4T Board Member. Try to address only questions that you know for certain. If a question comes up that you feel you aren't qualified to answer, a Peer Mentor redirects the student to the P4T Admin to be connected with a senior mentor. Typically Peer Mentoring doesn't take up a lot of time, and often the young people paired for this initiative strike up an organic conversational friendship, so it's not meant to conflict or interfere either with the mentor's or mentee's schedule. To become a Peer Mentor, click here to schedule an interview.

  • Concierge Mentoring requires a more specific commitment and training. To become a Concierge Mentor, please email your resume and cover letter to p4tinfo@gmail.com and we will contact you to schedule an interview.

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