Written by CSU Alumni, Shenita Humphrey
You’ve graduated college. You’re looking to take your career to the next level. You possess the determination and commitment necessary to achieve your goals, but you constantly find yourself at a standstill. You seek encouragement and guidance. You require a push.
Mentoring can provide CSU students and alumni with the “push” they need to achieve their career goals. Mentoring can help students establish, monitor, and accomplish career objectives. By establishing a mentoring relationship, students are able to receive one-on-one guidance from professional men and women who are knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas. The skills that are learned and developed throughout the mentoring relationship are bound to influence the protégé’s professional development for several years to come.
I have been a mentor with the Veteran eMentor Leadership Program for over a year. This program, sponsored by Hire Our Heroes, is an online mentoring program for veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. Each mentoring relationship lasts approximately six months and allows protégés and mentors to progressively work towards different career and job-related skills. This mentoring program has given me the opportunity to share my knowledge and experiences in hopes of making a difference in someone’s life. While there is no compensation associated with the mentoring program, the reward lies in the thoughts and expressions of gratitude from past and present protégés. Although, when one truly finds pleasure in educating and assisting others, no reward is ever sought. I chose to mentor not only as a means to better myself, but to dedicate my time and efforts to a cause that would benefit society as a whole. As a prior military dependent, spouse, and service member, I continually feel the need to support and educate those individuals who have dedicated and sacrificed their life for my freedom. Together, we form a network of determined, educated, and professional individuals looking to take the job market by storm.
Still curious? Visit http://ementorprogram.org/ for more information on online mentoring programs.