Students

Benefits

  • Professionalism
  • Networking
  • Advice on the “real world”
  • Connections to fellow wolves, along with others in the industry and potentially, opportunities in the field

Expectations

  • Think critically about what you are looking for from the mentoring relationship and be sure to articulate that to your mentor. Keep your goals in mind throughout interactions. (Remember the mentor is not there to offer you an internship or a job).
  • Drive the relationship. Initiate contact with mentors and set clear relationship expectations about the time and method of communications.
  • Listen carefully and respectfully to insight, advice, and feedback from your mentor. They are a resource to help you grow.
  • Consider activities the could be beneficial to partake in with your mentor. Is there a conference they are going to you’d also like to attend? Would reading articles before meeting help start the conversation?
  • Thank your mentor. The alumni are volunteering their time to help you succeed so be sure to acknowledge that. At the conclusion of a mentoring relationship, students should write a handwritten thank you note, connect on LinkedIn if you haven’t already, and try to stay in touch occasionally.
  • Share your feedback – this is a new program and you help determine what it looks like! Please send any thoughts or suggestions regarding the program to slcd@wou.edu and be sure to complete any surveys sent to participants.

Getting Started

All WOU students are welcome to participate in the Career Mentoring Program. Please note you will need to access Wolflink see available alumni mentors and contact them through the system (students have a max of 3 contacts per month).

Keep an open mind when browsing through the database of mentors – there is always value in connecting with people from different backgrounds, industries and interests.

Let us know if you can’t find what you’re looking for or if you have any questions – slcd@wou.edu.


CONTACT US

Service Learning and Career Development

503-838-8432 | or e-mail: slcd@wou.edu | Location: WUC 119