One of the best ways to discover whether a career will be a good fit is talk to people who are doing the work that you think you want to do. To help facilitate these important conversations, the Career Center, in collaboration with Alumni Relations, the Center for Student Diversity, Disability Support Services, Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Office of Student Activities and the Veterans Center, has created a career mentor database to help connect you to Towson University alumni and other professionals who are working in the fields that interest you.
Career Mentors: Who They Are and How They Can Help You
Career mentors are individuals who have volunteered to share their time and expertise with you to help you learn about careers and to begin building your professional network. Each career mentor has identified the activities they are willing to participate in; you can connect with a career mentor to conduct informational interviews, network via email, job shadow, participate in a mock interview, or receive feedback on your resume or cover letter. In addition, some career mentors are interested in setting up regular meetings with students.
Are You Ready to Reach Out to a Career Mentor?
Before you contact a career mentor, you need to think about your purpose for reaching out (i.e., to gather information about a particular field, to learn about a specific employer, etc.), what criteria are important to you (i.e., identifying specific search parameters that will filter the search results appropriately), and the type(s) of activities that you hope to get involved in (i.e., informational interviewing, job shadowing, mock interviews, etc.).
Once you have a clear purpose in mind, you can search the database for career mentors that will help you achieve your goal. Although your ultimate goal may be to secure a job or an internship, it is not appropriate to ask a career mentor for a job or an internship. Mentors will identify the activities in which they are interested in their profile. Click here for Definitions of Mentor Activities (PDF).
Log in to Hire@TU and click on the “Mentor Search” tab at the top of the page. Enter your desired search parameters and review the search results for a career mentor who will help you meet your goal (for example, to learn more about graphic design careers or to gather information about a specific organization).
Next, compose an email message that gives the mentor an idea about who you are and the reason for the contact.
Note: You may want to compose your message offline so that you can simply copy and paste your message when you are ready to send it.
Select the mentor you wish to contact from the search results and click on the “Contact Mentor” button. A dialogue box will appear in your browser window. Type your message and click “Submit.”
What to Do After You Contact a Career Mentor
Once you have sent a message to a career mentor through Hire@TU, please allow five-10 business days for a response. When you receive a response from a career mentor, you should work with your mentor to determine how and when you will communicate with one another (i.e., by email, by phone or in person; on which date). Please pay attention to the activities the career mentor has selected in the profile – for example, if the mentor has selected only “email networking,” you should plan to communicate by email.
When you meet with a career mentor, whether by phone or in person, you must be punctual and prepared. If you need to reschedule a meeting or phone call, be sure to give as much notice as possible to the career mentor.
After you meet with a career mentor, be sure send a thank you note by email
or regular mail within 24 hours.
If you have additional questions, please read the Students' FAQ for more information, or contact the Career Center at 410-704-2233 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Career Center
7800 York Road Building, Suite 206 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Call to schedule an appointment.
Express Hours Fall and Spring Semester: Monday – Thursday, 1 - 4 p.m. (No appointment needed for 15-minute consultation)