Centre College’s Center for Career & Professional Development (CCPD) has assembled a group of over 300 successful alumni to form the Career Mentor Network, a community designed to provide career information and advice to current Centre students from professionals who are already established in their fields.
Parents have now joined the effort, too, promising an even stronger network.
Joy Asher, director of the CCPD, hopes all Centre students take advantage of this valuable resource to help guide their futures.
“These alumni and parent connections are invaluable for students as they explore potential career fields and prepare to launch themselves into the world of work,” Asher says. “Mentors can provide students with timely information about their career fields, help guide them along their career path, and give first-hand advice from people who have walked the path our students hope to walk.”
Students are paired with mentors by searching an online system using using variables important to their future plans, such as major, career field, job title and geographic location.
“The parent and alumni mentors agree to provide information, guidance and advice to students,” Asher continues, “giving them an opportunity to explore and learn more about careers they’re interested in, and grow a professional network with people who have a first-hand understanding of what it’s like to make the transition from Centre student to working professional.”
Although parent participation in the Career Mentor Network is in its infancy, the group already includes nearly 20 successful parent professionals representing fields such as education, government, healthcare, architecture, engineering, the clergy and many others.
Students are encouraged to call the CCPD at 859.238.5283 to register.
by Cindy Long
January 19, 2017