This program includes over 150 Stevenson alumni who are volunteering to serve as mentors for current students. According to Sue B. Gordon, vice president of Career Services, mentors’ responsibilities include providing guidance, reviewing resumes, answering questions, giving advice, offering tips on searching for careers, setting up meetings with students, providing their own experiences and more.
Gordon hopes this program will help develop personal and lasting connections for students. She added that students who actively get involved with their mentors will also receive a gift card.
In order for students and mentors to meet, the Office of Career Services set up a virtual platform on Handshake for students and mentors to communicate. Students can access Handshake by using their SU login. Once they have logged in, they can click on the pull-down tab “Career Center,” and then click on the button that says “Mentoring.” This last click will lead them to a page that says “My Mentorship.”
There, students can search for a mentor by clicking on “Find Mentors.” This page includes several tabs that suggest mentors that are best for the individual based on major, career interest, skills, hobbies and more.
If students scroll to the bottom of the “Find Mentors” page, a list of mentors automatically appears from which a student can pick. Once they click on one of the mentor’s names, it gives a brief overview of that mentor.
For example, alumni mentor Amanda Robshaw’s profile shares that she works in the internet and software industry. A list of some of her hobbies, as well as her biography is included. Robshaw’s profile also provides her viewers with her own words of advice for students: “My advice is to not be afraid to admit what you do not know, and accept your flaws because if you don’t, you will never improve them. Be open to changes, and most importantly, do what you love to do and feel passionate about!”
After students have completed this process of selecting their mentor, they will then go to the next tab, “Request Mentor,” to make a request.
The Office of Career Services will host an event on March 7 that will offer more information on how to get involved. Topics will include how to be a respectful mentee, the importance of professional communication with mentors, and more. Pizza will be provided for those who attend.
The Career Services team hopes that this program will increase networking opportunities, clarify and enhance career direction, and offer a chance for students to connect with professionals in their field of interest.