Career Ready Mentorship Program

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Minneapolis College Career Services announces a new Career Ready Mentorship Program that allows students to engage in guidance from a mentor that aligns with their major and career choice. Students will benefit from authentic dialogue about their industry. The hope is that their career self-efficacy will grow while they solidify their plans and goals through one-on-one meetings with their mentor.

At this time, students majoring in Business, Information Technology, Healthcare, Science and Liberal Arts will participate in the program.

Career Coordinator Jared Scharpen is managing the effort as a 2020-2021 Postsecondary Leadership Success Program Fellow through the Association of Career and Technical Education (ACTE). In early August, Jared and the Career Services team will begin the student recruitment process and all participants will be matched with their mentors by Wednesday, September 16.

“Now, more than ever, it is critical to connect deserving students with mentors in their field of study,” said Scharpen. “From an equity lens, we know that this program aligns with the eagerness of companies and organizations in the greater metro area to connect with and, for some, ultimately hire our students.”

Students will then participate in one virtual 60-minute meeting per month between September and May. Mentors participating may be matched based on the students participating in the program. Each mentor will participate in a mentor orientation in mid to late August after all profiles are approved.

“Our hope is that the Career Ready Mentorship Program will offer opportunities for professionals and community members to connect with our students while helping them solidify their career choices,” said Julie Poyzer, Director of Career Services.  “We hope to create a program that is impactful and sustainable beyond this pilot year.”

The Career Services department invites professionals to sign up to become a Career Ready mentor.