CUmentor Success Stories
My mentor was there for me every step of the way when I was searching for an internship. She helped me with my resume, gave me mock interviews, and told me what life was like for a woman in the business world. She helped me build my confidence in ways I couldn't imagine. What I enjoyed most was it never felt like a chore. It's something we both are invested in because she wanted to help someone and I was willing to ask for help.
Jaymie Sheehan, ('17) - Mentee
From the moment, I began my student career at Clarion the Center for Career and Professional Development, professors, and our alumni have been there to give me the support and advice that have helped shape me into the young professional I am today. From writing a resume as a freshman to accepting a job offer as a senior, they have helped me every step of the way.
Over the course of my 4 years at Clarion University I have taken advantage of almost every service offered by CCPD. I attended both the Professional Development Day and Speed Sessions and they've made all the difference. In one day, I learned more about searching for a job, negotiating a salary, and networking than I could have ever hoped to learn on my own.
The CUmentor program has been my greatest help in entering my career and I honestly have no idea where I would be, had I not had an incredible career mentor. The program has taught me the importance to have mentors in my life to talk to, both personally and professionally, and the importance of building a network and utilizing that network to your advantage. I'm unbelievably excited for what the future has in store for me and to have someone mentoring me along the way!
As a mentee, you will be matched up with someone who truly wants to help you succeed in life and have a bright future, so it would be crazy for anyone to pass up an opportunity like this! The relationship that I have been able to form with my mentor has been truly incredible, and I can only hope that everyone participating in the CUmentor program will be able to have the same amazing experience that I had.
I applied for an internship at the World Trade Centre in Dublin, and I was insanely
nervous. The day before my interview I met with my mentor to ask him some questions.
He gave me awesome interview tips and made me feel a lot more confident going into
With his help, I had a very successful interview. A week later, I found out that I got the position and that I am going to be spending my summer interning in Dublin! I really believe that my mentor played a huge part in this. If I hadn't met with him the day before, I would've been a nervous wreck, and I probably would not have done nearly as well.
The CUmentor program was very instrumental in helping me manage this anxiety because
it enabled me to build and maintain a relationship with a successful alum who was
established in the same field I was seeking to enter. She was able to relate to my
situation and offer insight into the job search process as well as what a day in the
life of a professional entailed in the business world. She also provided insight on
what she would have done differently during the process and offered advice on strategies
that would optimize my job search process. I was able to employ the strategies that
were offered and I believe this utilization made a tremendous difference in finding
and accepting a great job opportunity.
Read Kyle's full story.
Thinking back to my undergraduate experience, there are so many things I simply didn't know that I didn't know. The area of business and finance were so generic to me and I had no idea what I wanted to pursue. I joined the program in an effort to be someone who listens and tries to help make students think about things differently and provides them with possibilities that they didn't know existed.
I love the informal interactions that occur. We would exchange texts during a rough week of tests or during the anxiety that is created through the waiting process of an internship offer. The absolute best interactions have been random emails acting as an open journal entry to me about her internship experience. My ability to pick up on differing items in which I can relate to or provide feedback has been both fulfilling and what I believe to be helpful to her personal and career growth.
Glenn Brooks - Mentor
During a recent college visit with my daughter, who will be attending Clarion in the fall, I had the opportunity to learn about the CUmentor program – and instantly, I was interested in getting involved. I'm not a Clarion alum, rather a down-to-earth-guy with many years of experience within the HR discipline - from recruiting to training and development.
I firmly believe this...everybody has something to give...the secret, as a leader, is to identify what that "thing" is – be it a monetary donation or shared moments of conversation – and just go out and do it! For me – perhaps mentoring is MY "thing". The time investment can be significant to a future generation.