The CUmentor program is designed to link alumni, employers, and professional partners with current Clarion University students to facilitate mentor-mentee partnerships that foster the sharing of knowledge and experience.
Our goal is to:
- Provide students with opportunities for professional development, networking, and information/idea exchange with professionals in their academic area.
- Provide opportunities for alumni and employer partners to connect with Clarion University and play a notable role in current students' future endeavors.
- Establish partnerships between alumni and employer partners and students to facilitate career exploration and career coaching.
- Increase student preparedness, confidence, and knowledge related to professional field(s) of interest.
Students will prepare for the CUmentor program through interactions with the Center
for Career and Professional Development, which are linked to multiple classes and/or
various CUprofessional platforms that will provide intermediate and advanced programming to enhance participants'
career development and job search skills.
Students will work to complete required sessions, resulting in a CUpro digital badge and mentee eligibility status.
Sign-up for CUprofessional and prepare to be mentored today!
Contemplating joining? Not sure what to expect?
Enjoy the flexibility of choosing how and when to participate by creating an experience that's right for you. Utilize informal mentoring, formal mentoring, or a combination of both - as often as you need.
Students will benefit from short casual conversations with mentors for up to 30 days. Whether that’s a resume review, mock interview, job shadow or graduate school advice informal mentoring is designed for speed. Participants select areas of interest and students are instantly provided a list of mentors to choose from – no waiting!
Note: Informal mentoring is open year round.
Students who have obtained mentee eligibility by receiving a CUprofessional badge will benefit from a more in-depth partnership that lasts for one academic year. Participants are matched on academic, geographic, personal and professional commonalities. A great way to build a strong professional network and gain assistance in the internship/job search process. Successful completion results in a CUmentor badge.
Note: Formal partnerships officially end in May, regardless of when the match occurred.
HOW to SIGN UP
Prior to matching, mentees are required to meet with the program coordinator to discuss their roles and responsibilities as part of the program and begin brainstorming goals and topics for their first meeting with a mentor. The program coordinator will contact the mentee once a profile is completed to schedule the meeting.
The following resources can be used to help prepare for meetings:
Stay connected by joining our Mentor Discussion Forum, a secured LinkedIn group, designed specifically for mentors to share information and resources to strengthen your partnerships.
Check out our infographics, which summarize a typical partnership.
CUmentor in the News
Infinite Opportunities: Clarion University - CUmentor (PASSHE)
CUmentor is making matches (Clarion University)
Clarion University helps business grads transition to workforce (Pittsburgh City Paper)
Clarion University's Mentor Program Shows Early Signs of Success (exploreClarion)
Unique, innovative program matches students with mentors (Clarion University)
5 Great Reasons You Should Volunteer as a Mentor (Insala)
The Impact of Mentoring (Gallup)
How to Become a Great Mentor (Forbes)
How to Be a Better Mentee (Chronicle)
10 Killer Questions to Make the Most of Your Mentoring Meeting (Forbes)
What Mentors Often Miss (Chronicle)