We spoke with Riley Strawbridge (’19), a Peer Mentor, about his experience thus far. “Working as a peer mentor was the best step to prepare me for my career after college,” Riley said. “It provided me both with a fantastic support network and also gave me the knowledge of what it takes to land a career. The Hub is a great space for personal development, all of the Career advisors are helpful and often will have a conversation directly with you on what you hope to do for a career. Everyone in the space wants to see you succeed, and it makes the often nervewracking process of applying and interviewing much easier.”
We asked Riley how being a Peer Mentor has helped him personally feel more prepared to take on a job after college. Riley responded, “The NACE Competencies that I have solidified while working as a Career Peer Mentor are Professionalism and Work Ethic and Career Management. Being a Peer Mentor has given me exposure to hundreds of people’s stories about how they applied to a job. I have been able to take that information and create a good sense of how best to handle yourself in a professional environment. Being a Peer Mentor also has allowed me to practice my Career Management skills. I often give students my own elevator pitch to give them an example of what one should sound like. Through this I have learned how best to express my skills, interests, weaknesses and experiences.”
Finally, we asked Riley what advice he’d give to students who were interested in becoming a Peer Mentor for next year. Riley said, “I think that Peer Mentoring is the best way of learning how to do a specific skill. If you have to teach other students about career preparation then you will leave the position being way more comfortable in it. The best way for students to prepare for their career is engage in UVM’s community whether it be joining a club or finding a job. Becoming an active member of UVM’s community creates so many valuable connections going forward.”
Have you ever encountered the issue of needing to have experience to get experience? New grads are sometimes surprised by job descriptions for entry-level positions that include a depth of experience and skills. Fortunately, UVM is committed to helping you prepare for life after college and a rewarding career.
This fall UVM is introducing a whole new concept in student services. At the Career + Experience Hub, it’s easy for you to learn about and pursue a wide range of opportunities, including:
The Career Center and campus partners are working together to share knowledge and resources to make it easy for you gain the skills you need and have the experiences you want.
Whatever your interests and passions are, come to the Hub to get started on finding an unforgettable experience, just right for you and your goals!
The Hub opens Monday, September 9,2013!
Davis Center, room 100, down the hall from Brennan’s
Wow, have we met some smart, curious and motivated students the last few days! Many students have told us they want good jobs or grad programs after graduation, but weren’t sure how to start. Well, here’s some good news. UVM has created a roadmap: the 4-Year Plan for Career Success.
These 4 documents, one for each year of a traditional baccalaureate degree, will give you concrete steps to help in your career and professional development. By working your Plan, you can:
Understand and build on your aptitudes and abilities,
Explore your career interests,
Make connections and build enduring relationships,
Get relevant experience,
Develop career goals and skills, and
Obtain a challenging and rewarding job or graduate or professional school admission.
Want to talk about it? Starting Sept 9, you can stop by the new Career + Experience Hubin the Davis Center, room 100, Mondays-Thursdays: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Fridays: 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Watch next week’s blog for more information on the Hub!