Cal State LA Alumni Mentoring Program

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The Alumni Association is proud to announce the newly rebranded Alumni Mentoring Program, launching in Fall 2019.  The mission of the Alumni Mentoring Program is to empower the Cal State LA Community through career mentorship between alumni and students.  The program provides seasoned alumni, industry professionals, and faculty/staff with the opportunity to coach current students on professional development, career options, goal setting, and more.


STUDENTS

Currently enrolled students and Class of 2019 graduates have the opportunity to receive expert advice from alumni, industry professionals, and faculty/staff of the University.  As a student, you can be matched with alumni based on interests and career goals to facilitate career networking, mentorship, and job shadow opportunities.  This can range from a brief 30-minute conversation to developing a longer three to six-month mentorship relationship.  

There are two ways to participate:

FLASH MENTORING

Have a quick question about a certain career field?  Need some speedy networking advice? Flash mentoring is for you!  Flash mentoring is one-time or short-term mentoring.  Instead of a relationship that lasts months, flash mentoring is centered around tactical one-time in-person or online meetings that provide knowledge or skills when mentees need them.

  • Open to all currently enrolled Cal State LA students and Class of 2019 graduates.
  • Select and connect with experienced alumni and industry professionals from all fields and majors, both online and in-person.
  • Perfect for those who are unable to commit to a traditional, long term mentoring relationship.

TRADITIONAL MENTORING (coming late Fall '19)

Your alumni mentor is here to support you in your professional development over two semesters.  By joining the Traditional Mentoring Program, student and alumni pairs develop a list of goals and create a meeting schedule to achieve these goals.  Users are able to join the Traditional Program in addition to the Flash Mentoring component.

  • Open to:
    • Undergraduate students with sophomore standing and above (at least 30 units completed) and minimum 2.5 GPA.
    • Graduate students with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
    • Class of 2019 graduates.
  • Select and connect with an experienced alum or industry professional from any field or major.
  • Work one-on-one with your chosen alumni mentor throughout the duration of the academic year, both online and in-person.
  • Access multiple online resources to assist with your career exploration process.

CLICK HERE to learn more and register as a mentee.  For additional questions, please contact us at alumnimentoring@calstatela.edu or (323) 343-2586.

Headshot of Megan, former mentee"I didn't expect to make as close of a connection as I did with my mentor.  I was excited that I got to learn as much as I could about figuring out my future before graduating."

Megan Dia, '19

Kinesiology

 

Headshot of Muaath, former mentor."Since I was mentored myself approximately seven years prior, I was aware of just how profound that relationship can be to a mentee who wants to plow forward towards a career/educational goal, but is consistently held back by their own self-doubt."

Muaath Ali, '11

Criminal Justice

MENTORS

Alumni have had a tremendous impact on student career success.  The Alumni Mentoring Program provides a space to increase connections where personalized advice, referrals to professional opportunities, and meaningful career conversations can take placed based on shared interests and affilations.  As an alum or industry professional, you can fulfill the key role of a mentor to students or young alumni who aspire to be where you are.

There are two ways to participate:

FLASH MENTORING

Flash mentoring is one-time or short-term mentoring.  Instead of a relationship that lasts months, flash mentoring is centered around tactical one-time in-person or online meetings that provide knowledge or skills when mentees need them.  With the one-time format, mentees can learn from a variety of mentors with expertise in varying subjects.

  • Open to:
    • Degreed alumni*
    • Industry professionals*
    • Faculty and staff
  • Connect with current Cal State LA students and new alumni from all fields and majors, both online and in-person.
  • Perfect for those who are unable to commit to a traditional, long term mentoring relationship.

TRADITIONAL MENTORING (coming late Fall '19)

The Traditional Mentoring Program pairs qualified students with alumni, industry professionals, or faculty/staff that most closely matches the interest and career goals of the student.  By joining the Traditional Program, mentoring pairings develop a list of goals and create a meeting schedule to achieve these goals over two semesters.  Users are able to join the Traditional Program in addition to the Flash Mentoring component.

  • Open to:
    • Degreed alumni*
    • Industry professionals*
    • Faculty and staff
  • Connect with current students or new alumni from any field or major.
  • Work one-on-one with your mentee throughout the duration of the academic year, both online and in-person.
  • Option to mentor more than one student.

*Alumni and industry professional accounts may go through an approval review before access is permitted to the system.

CLICK HERE to learn more and register as a mentor.  For additional questions, please contact us at alumnimentoring@calstatela.edu or (323) 343-2586.