Major: Labor & Employment Relations
Hometown: New Holland, PA (Lancaster, PA)
How did you learn about this opportunity?
I learned about the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program through multiple resources. I learned about it through LER 488 with Dr. Pollack when he had someone come in and talk with us about the Career Enrichment Network, through the Bank of America Career Services, and through a friend who has a mentor from the Kinesiology department. Then, when I got an email from the Liberal Arts listserv, I applied.
Tell us a little bit about your experience.
I got assigned to my mentor in the summer after filling out a survey to help the program match me to a mentor. I think my mentor is an excellent fit. I emailed her to tell her a little bit about myself and she emailed me back with her bio. Soon after that, we scheduled a phone interview. I used the handbook template to create an agenda for the talk. We mainly got to know each other a little better and picked a time to chat in the future.
My mentor also sends me encouragement. For example, I started an internship last summer and my mentor sent me a text on the first day to wish me well.
My mentor also sends me encouragement. For example, I started an internship last summer and my mentor sent me a text on the first day to wish me well. Recently, we had a phone conversation since school has started. My mentor was once again encouraging and she offered to look over my resume before the upcoming career fair.
How did this experience impact you academically?
For me having a mentor was helpful because since she is alumni, she understands college and the stresses that come with it. That was beneficial to me since my parents didn't go to college and found it hard to relate to my college experiences and to give me advice on classes, resumes, internships, job searching, etc. So, having a mentor was also helpful to give me insight on all college experiences like which classes might be most useful after I graduate.
What are your career goals and plans? How did this experience impact them?
My main career goal is to find a job in a field related to my major in or near my hometown. My mentor experience has impacted this because she is available for me to bounce ideas off of and to look over my resume and cover letter before I send them out. She can also give me interview tips and advice regarding job searching. My mentor works in the education industry which is an industry that I am interested in looking into when I graduate. As such, I can feel free to ask her questions about the industry and what she does at work. I can learn about the work environment and what some tasks might be if I were to land a job in that industry.
Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?
I would recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students. Having a mentor from the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is awesome because it helps you to feel more comfortable with your career search. You always know that there is someone who will look over your resume and cover letter and give you advice when you need it. In that way it also helps to boost your confidence because you feel more prepared applying for positions and going to career fairs for example.
For more information on the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, visit our website.