After graduation, what’s next for you?
If you’re winding up your third year at Mount A and are wondering where you’ll be headed after convocation, one of the best things you can do is sign up for the Alumni Career Mentorship Program.
Students tell us that having a career mentor reduces anxiety about life after graduation and opens up new possibilities.
Through working with a mentor, many students discover there are multiple paths to establishing a career. As you try to figure out the next step along YOUR path, it helps to meet regularly with a friendly guide. A mentor can share personal experiences, point out alternatives, and help you dial up your confidence.
The Alumni Career Mentorship Program is open to all students entering their final year at Mount A. It runs from September through to the end of March.
Over this six-month period, you’ll get to know your mentor well and engage in personal conversations. You’ll be able to ask questions, pick up tips, learn more about a career field or fields, and perhaps begin to build your professional network as well. You may even find, as some students do, that your mentor becomes a long-term friend.
What students have told us about working with a mentor
Whether you’re laser-focused on a career path, headed for grad school, or completely uncertain about your next step, a mentor can support and encourage you. Here’s how some students have said their career mentors helped them:
- My mentor has put me in contact with other professionals within the industry, and it has been wonderful being able to gain an inside look into different career options.
- The most useful piece of advice I have received from my mentor is to embrace deviations from the career path I have in my head.
- Working with a mentor has helped me to feel less stressed and overwhelmed about graduating and the uncertainty of the future.
- His insights on the “what’s next” have been extremely beneficial. He has put me in contact with several different people and has helped me look for jobs!
- [My mentor] has provided me with very useful information on what the first five years of working in a firm looks like… and tips to move up the ladder faster.
- Just when I thought I was going over the abyss and I was concerned about getting career advice only from my father, my mentor gave me a lifeline of information and ideas.
How the Alumni Career Mentorship Program works
Your mentorship experience will unfold in five phases:
1. Application. The first step is to complete our detailed application form. Tell us as much about yourself as you can so we can do our best to find you a great “match.”
2. Matching. We’ll evaluate your application and try to match you with an appropriate MTA alumni mentor. Please note that we depend on the availability of suitable “matching’”alumni, so while we do our best, we can’t guarantee that we will be able to match all applicants with a mentor.
3. Training. As a MTA mentee, you’ll be expected to conduct yourself professionally and to plan for productive meetings with your mentor. An interactive workshop will prepare you to identify objectives and to make the most of your mentorship opportunity.
4. Regular meetings, with periodic check-ins. From late September to the end of March, we expect you to meet regularly (at least once a month) with your mentor, in person or virtually. You’ll also check in with other mentees to reflect on what you’ve been learning. At least once during the program, you’ll meet with other mentees for an in-person reflection session.
5. Conclusion. Your formal mentorship will end in April 2019. At your final meeting, you and your mentor may decide to continue with some form of relationship, or you may decide to graciously say ‘thanks and good bye’. As is the case throughout the program, it’s up to you and your mentor to determine what works best for the two of you.