The External Adviser Programme (EAP) gives Yale-NUS students access to advisers and mentors who have a wider range of experience than the CIPE or Yale-NUS faculty can develop internally.
You can tap their experience to explore careers, strengthen your network, and sharpen your interpersonal skills.
CIPE recommends that you approach External Advisers just as you would a professional who has no affiliation with the College: keep your communications concise; offer to meet at a time and place that’s convenient for them; propose a short meeting, such as 30 minutes; and complete any preparatory work they suggest. If you have questions about how to conduct informational interviews, ask your CIPE adviser.
Consult our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), below; or email email@example.com to learn more.
Although it’s possible to get through life without any advice at all, most people look back on their experiences and remember valuable advice they received from people who’d gone before them. Especially if your interests are specific or unique, the best advice you can get may be outside the walls of the College.
External advisers have different backgrounds and experiences (you can view their profiles via the links above). If an existing member of the panel has experience relevant to your interests, that person would be a good choice. If you are seeking advice in an area where no member of the panel has experience, you can also approach your CIPE adviser with ideas about how to expand the panel in directions that meet student interests.
External Advisers are not paid by Yale-NUS. They have full-time jobs of their own and participate in the program in their free time because they enjoy contact with young people like yourself.
Since they are unpaid and busy, CIPE recommends that you approach External Advisers just as you would a professional who has no affiliation with the College: keep your communications concise; offer to meet at a time and place that’s convenient for them; propose a short meeting, such as 30 minutes; and complete any preparatory work they suggest. If you have questions about how to go conduct informational interviews, review our whiteboard video or ask your CIPE adviser.
What constitutes “proper” dress depends on context. Your clothing is a tool to help you accomplish your goals, and unless your goals are related to fashion, a reasonable goal for almost all informational meetings is to wear something that is so well adapted to the meeting context that the other person doesn’t notice what you are wearing. An easy rule of thumb is to wear what the other person is wearing.
Rather than promulgating hard and fast rules, CIPE recommends that you develop a process of inquiry. What will the adviser likely be wearing? Where is the meeting? What do other people usually wear at that venue?
T-shirts, shorts, and sandals are not typically seen in the workplaces of our external advisers, and for this reason are best avoided in informational meetings with them.
Congratulations! First, send a thank-you note to the adviser; they donated valuable time to your personal and professional growth. Next, send a quick note to your CIPE adviser to update us as well.
Good advising meetings often yield “due-outs” or “homework” for the advisee. If your adviser recommended reading, research, reflection, or other tasks, be sure you commit to these and follow up with the adviser when you have completed the work. You won’t receive a grade for this work, and you won’t be paid—but then, neither was the adviser!
If the adviser makes an introduction, be sure to treat that person respectfully as well.
Also consider what you learned about the adviser. Although they are accomplished professionals themselves, with busy schedules and well-developed networks, they might be interested in campus happenings or introductions you can make. At a minimum, you should have learned enough about them to know how they manage their schedule and communications, and what you can do to make a possible future meeting easier.
Everyone has a bad meeting now and then, and CIPE and our external advisers know this. two important considerations: