Career Conversations Program

Program Purpose and Benefits

Career Conversations is a yearlong mentoring program developed by the Career Center in partnership with the Administrative Staff Council (ASC) for undecided, first-year students at Bowling Green State University. This program is designed to create intentional, meaningful relationships with students, as their individual mentors provide support and guidance to their mentee in selecting a degree program.

Mentoring provides an opportunity to contribute to the University’s core mission while helping individual students succeed. At the same time, Career Conversations will help mentors to strengthen their communication and leadership skills while gaining new perspectives and personal satisfaction by contributing to a student’s growth and development.

Program Learning Outcomes

Mentors will:

  • Establish a supportive and encouraging relationship with their mentee that provides honest and open communication about their career experience
  • Provide and discuss relevant resources to support their mentee’s transition to the University in order to enhance their learning experience and become an engaged member of the campus community
  • Educate their mentee on relevant career-related topics and fields that align with their interests and goals

Mentees will:

  • Establish a supportive and encouraging relationship with their mentor to learn about their unique career experience
  • Obtain advice on resources that support their transition to the University and involvement on campus
  • Learn about relevant career-related topics and fields that align with their interests and goals

Program Expectations

Mentors must adhere to the following program expectations:

  1. Meet at least once a month with their mentee in a mutually agreed upon location on campus that provides a safe space for reflection, growth and development
  2. Respond to all communication from their mentee in a timely manner, while also ensuring that communication is cordial and professional in nature
  3. Provide their mentee with at least two opportunities for job shadowing in their position or with other offices on campus, depending upon their mentee’s interests
  4. Connect their mentee with at least two opportunities for informational interviews in their office or other offices on campus, depending upon their mentee’s interests

Mentors are encouraged to focus their communication and monthly meeting discussions on topics that support their mentee in selecting a degree program. Suggested topics for each month include:

September: Expectation and Goal Setting

October: Campus Resources

November: Transitional Issues

December: Major and Career Exploration

January: Personal Interest Assessments

February: Resume Development

March: Experiential Learning Opportunities

April: Summer Experience Planning