Tips for Success
What types of advice can I offer?
You are welcome to provide any career-related advice that you think is relevant to your advisee. Everyone has professional expertise from years of work and education, but few ways to connect with the Sprott School community to share those insights. Whether they are interviewing for a job or internship, applying to graduate school, or learning about a specific industry, students want your unique perspective. Advisees are responsible for letting the advisor know what type of information or advice they are seeking. Feel free to ask your advisee for additional clarification on his or her needs and interests in advance of the conversation.
Where on my profile should I discuss the ways in which I can be most helpful to students and alumni?
We recommend filling out the summary at the top of your profile (“Summarize your background and expertise”) as well as filling out details related to the type of consultations you are willing to offer (career conversations, resume reviews, and/or mock interviews). Generally, the more details the better, as they enable advisees to choose more suitable advisors and to ask more educated questions.
When should I expect my first consultation?
Your advisor profile will be “live” once it is complete, so you may receive a request any time after registering. You will be notified by email if you receive a consultation request. You can increase traffic to your profile in a number of ways, including adding a clear profile photo and adding detailed descriptions of your skills and experience.
How should I prepare for my first consultation?
The meeting request you receive by email from the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network will have some suggested meeting times based on the preferred times listed in your profile. This meeting request will also include details about the type of advice the advisee is looking for (e.g., informational interview for investment banking). Once you accept the meeting request for a specific time, the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network will send you a calendar invitation. In preparation for your meeting, we recommend you prepare as you would for any professional meeting. You can contact your student in advance of the meeting through the consultation home page (accessible on your advisor profile) if you have specific questions on what they would like to cover (e.g., types of investment banking roles they want to focus on) or if you want them to forward additional files to your attention. All information will be shared through this consultation page and we will notify you by email if the student contacts you.
How can I share feedback with the Sprott School about my advising experience?
Feedback from advisor to advisee typically occurs within the consultation and remains confidential. If you have a concern about a particular advisee that you would like to voice to us, you may do so by sending an email to SprottAlumni@cunet.carleton.ca
What is the Sprott Alumni Advisor Network
The Sprott Alumni Advisor Network is a powerful online tool that allows alumni to connect one-to-one with students and alumni for career conversations, résumé critiques, and mock interviews. Advisors can select the types of consultations they are willing to provide and all consultations are held over the phone.
Who can register as an advisor? As an advisee?
Our advisors are Sprott School of Business Alumni. Sprott Undergraduate and MBA students can become advisees
How will this system help students?
The Sprott Alumni Advisor Network helps students find the expertise they need to fulfill their professional goals, practice for a big interview and get insight into a particular career field or industry.
How is my privacy protected?
The Sprott Alumni Advisor Network and Firsthand takes the privacy of its advisors very seriously. At no point is your phone number or email address given. Students can contact you in advance, share files and schedule subsequent meetings by using their consultation home page that routes everything through our system and protects your privacy.
What is the cancellation policy?
An advisor can reschedule a meeting as long as it is accepted by the advisee and it is at least 24 hours in advance of the session. Sessions canceled within 24 hours of a session may be reviewed; multiple late cancellations could result in a pause of your profile.
What if I want my profile hidden or removed?
To hide your profile, you can set your profile to ‘Out of Office’ in your settings when you’ve logged in to your account where you can select a specific time frame to hide your profile. To delete your profile, please contact Sprott@firsthand.co
How can I limit the number of requests for consultations that I receive?
As an advisor, you can limit the number of consultation requests that you receive per month. Once you hit your limit, your profile won’t show up in search results or be available for requests until you enter a new 30-day period. You can set up this limit when you register or any time you log in to your account to update your profile.
You are also welcome to reject any specific requests for consultations that you receive, especially if you feel like another advisor is likely to be more useful to an advisee that you can be. If this is the case, simply decline the request and provide a reason to the advisee requesting the consultation.
More questions? Email SprottAlumni@cunet.carleton.ca