Career Mentoring PROGRAM

The Career Mentoring Program (CMP) connects current students with alumni mentors to help them prepare for life after WOU by developing career readiness through exploration, skill building and networking.

According to a spring 2016 needs assessment, nearly 85% of Western students said they had been thinking about careers they were interested in quite a bit or a great deal within the past six months and 75% were interested in having a mentor to help them explore future career options.

This program also gives alumni the opportunity to connect with the campus and current students in a meaningful way.

What is mentoring?

While mentoring has various definitions and may mean something different among individuals, for the purposes of this program, mentoring is defined as a mutually beneficial and dynamic relationship between a mentor (alumni) and mentee (current student) involving intentional conversations around career exploration and professional development.

This will be accomplished through critical thinking, established goals, and the sharing of knowledge, skills, and experiences within the partnership.


CMP is semi-structured in the sense that we are here to assist you at any point, but the connections you make are really driven by the mentoring relationships themselves. Students students may login to Wolflink to view mentor profiles and contact mentors.

Program activities

Here are some examples of potential mentoring activities:

  • Informational interviews
  • Job shadowing
  • Mock interviews
  • 1-on-1 meetings
  • Group mentoring
  • Resume reviews
  • On-campus events


Service Learning and Career Development

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