Mentoring is a great way to give back
Remember choosing a career and wondering if you were on the right path? Not to mention what you would have given for some insider information. Although it’s too late to be on the receiving end of such advice, alumni are encouraged to dish it out and share what they now know with students and recent grads through Carleton’s mentorship program.
Since its inception a decade ago, the program has provided an opportunity for alumni to help nurture up-and-coming employees. It’s also a way for mentors to scope out new talent for companies.
It’s a super way of staying in touch with the education community.
It provides an opportunity to share your experience and expertise,” says David Darwin, adding that it’s a way to give back to your alma mater. Darwin, BCom/72, has been mentoring for five years. Students and grads can access Darwin’s profile and career achievements, along with those of other volunteer mentors, through a database.
Before retiring five years ago, Darwin mentored as part of his job with the federal government. He saw that it was only fitting to continue this work through Carleton. Most of his correspondence with students and grads is email-based. Some of his advice seekers have resided as far away as Africa.
It’s a super way of staying in touch with the education community. It provides an opportunity to share your experience and expertise,
As a mentor, Darwin sees his role as one of an adviser and coach. It’s also about boosting morale, offering encouragement and reassurance, and even a bit of cheerleading on the side, adds Darwin.