Hello Captains! On Monday, September 12th, CNU’s PCSE Department hosted its Inaugural Mentorship Program Kick-Off reception. The event took place in the Luter Hall Atrium where students and mentors came out to learn more about this new program, and to meet each other face-to-face for the first time. The initial group consisted of only female students and mentors as the program came from an idea from the newly established SWE, Society of Women Engineers chapter last year.
The Dean of the College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Nicole Guajardo gave a warm welcome to all and remarked about the importance of students taking advantage of opportunities such as the Mentorship Program to enhance their educational experience.
The Mentors come from a wide variety of known companies such as NASA, Newport News Shipbuilding, Canon, Riverside Hospital just to name a few and most hold positions such CEO and Managers in their respective fields. At the kick-off event we learned that the mentor/mentee relationship can be as formal or as informal as we see fit. A few suggested activities included conversations over coffee, a campus visit at CNU or to the Mentor’s place of business, resume critiques or even good book recommendations.
What are the benefits of having a Mentor? Mentors share their knowledge and experience and provide students with encouragement, insights and possible career advice. They can provide a realistic perspective of the workplace and offer advice, knowledge, and networking tools to the student. Not only does the Mentee benefit from this program but the Mentor can too. For many, mentoring can offer a great satisfaction by helping a student reach their professional goals and sharing their knowledge with eager students.