Centenary Mentor Program
How do I find a mentor on CAREERlink?
If you have an existing account, login to CAREERlink by entering your user name and password. If you do not have an existing account, click here to register! New registrants must be approved by Professional Development. This takes approximately 24-48 hours.
Once you have logged into CAREERlink, click on Mentor Search to enter the database. When you enter the database, you will be able to search for contacts by keywords, industry, geographic location, etc.
Tip: Search broad and only select Contact Mentor when you are absolutely certain the alumni contact is right for you. This will give you access to the contactís name, phone number and/or email address. Because of limited access in certain career fields, it is only possible to select Contact Mentor five times in any 31-day timeframe.
Why do I need a mentor? How can a mentor help me?
The Centenary Mentor Program allows you to discuss some of your career issues, concerns, and questions informally with a Centenary alumnus or friend. The process of exploring career goals and options usually prompts college students and young alumni to ask questions like:
- What career do I want to pursue?
- What are the career options available to someone with my degree?
- Should I consider attending graduate school?
- What does it take to be successful in my desired career?
- What salary should I expect as a new professional?
As a participant in the program, you can find answers to these questions and obtain practical career guidance from talented professionals who also share the valuable experience of a Centenary College education. Through the program, you can:
- Establish relationships that facilitate better decision-making.
- Learn more about your chosen career path.
- Receive information on job search strategies and practical career advice.
- Become more focused and prepared for the school-to-work transition.
What can I expect from my mentoring relationship?
- Mentees can depend on mentors to keep them apprised of changes and advances in their field.
- Mentors can show mentees how their major can benefit their career and recommend elective courses.
- Mentors can help mentees develop resumes or select a project or campus club that may further their career goals.
- Mentors can help mentees accomplish career goals as well as personal goals. They can give advice on resume-enhancing activities or recommend ways to balance career and family.
- Mentees should talk to their mentors about what they hope to gain from the experience. They should also learn about their mentorís experiences and how they acquired their current positions.
- Relationships are not one-sided. Mentees should enter the relationship with a clear idea of what they wish to get out of it.
- Mentors can help mentees identify strengths and weaknesses and address areas that need improvement.
- Mentors encourage mentees to develop to their fullest potential and create their own vision for the future. A mentor is a guide, a listener, a coach, and a friend.
Why can I only contact five mentors per 31-day time frame?
Students and young alumni may only view contact information for five mentors per 31-day timeframe in order to prevent inappropriate use of the contact information. Your search for a mentor should be deliberate and taken seriously.
Do I have to have a specific major or GPA to use the Centenary Mentor Program?
Absolutely not! The Centenary Mentor Program is a networking resource for all students with all GPAs as well as young alumni of Centenary.
Can I use the Centenary Mentor Program if Iím not a senior?
Yes! Itís never too early or too late in your college career to learn about different professions, organizational cultures, individual career paths and skills needed to enter the workforce.
Do I need a resume?
No. Because the mentors you contact through the Centenary Mentor Program are there to share career-related information and advice for you, it would be improper to send an unsolicited resume to your mentor. However, you may wish to ask your mentor if he/she would be willing to read and critique your resume to make sure that it is appropriate for the particular field or organization relevant to the contactís expertise.
Does it cost anything?
No. The Centenary Mentor Program is a resource that is available free of charge to all students and alumni or Centenary College.