ISSUE 10 • March 22, 2021
Note from the Executive Director
Similarly to how students seek out mentorship from trusted professionals, many people in different areas of industry also seek out mentees.
I can recall many times in my life where people have come to me saying, “I’d like to give back and mentor a student. Do you have someone in mind who is interested in learning about my industry sector?” or “Do you have a student who may be interested in reverse mentorship where I am actually learning about technology from them?”
Professionals come across students who impress them and whom they feel would wholeheartedly embrace being a mentee. One thing to remember in your networking and outreach is that someone could be considering you as a person they would like to mentor at the same time you are trying to decide if he or she would be a good fit for you.
In my career, there have been a few young professionals whom I have asked, “Would you be interested in having me as a mentor since I believe I have been where you are and have a lot I can teach you?” Mentoring is equally as rewarding to both parties who are both giving and receiving in exchange for growth and development.
In this issue of the Graduate Professional, Matthew Garcia, associate director of employer relations and programs, provides solid advice on how you as a graduate student can seek out guidance and leadership from having a mentor as a role model.
Matthew manages many mentoring programs for the Shevet Glaubach Center and knows firsthand how successful partnerships can be made between students and working professionals. My advice is to put out into the universe that you are open to learning and to always be inquisitive and responsive, qualities sought out by both mentor and mentee.
Complement what you are learning in the classroom with firsthand knowledge from your field. Let me know if you would like to be placed on my “mentee availability list” when people contact me looking for students like you.
Walk-in Hours and Advisers
Collaborate with the Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development to gain support, insight and guidance to plan events based in career development, job search readiness, networking and more.
- Walk-in Hours are available 12:30-2:30, Monday-Thursday, via the Live Chat
- Request Scheduled Appointment
Professional Point of View
Mentorship for Growth
Having a mentor as a graduate student is often overlooked as a strategy for personal and professional growth and development.
It is challenging enough to network, let alone find a professional worthy of the title of “mentor” whom you feel confident enough to rely on for support, guidance, and insight.
Once you unpack that title and demystify the idea of mentorship, you may more strongly consider finding a professional who will invest in your success and future in your chosen career.
In your journeys of outreach and networking, you will come across professionals with whom you strongly identify. You may enjoy connecting because their guidance matches good intention with positive impact. By comparison, other professionals may intimidate you with their manner of support and leave you a bit bewildered with how to follow their guidance.
This does not mean that good mentors won’t challenge you, but it does mean there is a fit between you and the professional. It’s the relatability and approachability that transcends their title, experience, and insight. Ultimately, a mentor should be someone who role models more than just a modicum of who you see yourself as in the field. There should be something more significant there.
Over time, your mentor is someone you can update on your progress in the field, ask questions about how to make your next moves, and have those tough conversations that remind you why you chose to do what you do for a living.
Your trust in your mentor for support is inextricably linked to their understanding of you as you have grown as a professional. You benefit more from mentorship when you make the effort and investment. Good mentors will see this and match you on those efforts because they will want to see you succeed.
I challenge you all to consider what you will do to find yourself a mentor. The investment of time and effort is worth the support you will receive in return. Call upon the Shevet Glaubach Center when you need our support.
Associate Director of Employer Relations and Programs
Professional Point of View
Three Actions to Advance Your Career
- Identify three potential mentors this week and send an introduction email introducing yourself.
- Polish up your résumé if you are planning to reaching out to mentors, former professors and professional contacts. Spring time is a great time to refresh your résumé and make additions from the last year.
- Visit the SGC Canvas Hub for guides, tutorials and more!
Yeled v’Yalda Information Session
Join Yeled representatives, Fruma Gajer, Director of Recruitment and Placement, and Mina Sputz, Program Director of Disabilities and Educational Services, to learn about the valuable and enriching work they do, the types of opportunities available, and what they look for in candidates. This event is geared towards those seeking or currently have a degree in SLP, LMSW, LCSW, PT, OT, and Special Education.
- Tuesday, March 23
- Time: 11:45 a.m. ET
Titans of Tech Consulting: Accenture & Avanade
Join tech professionals and computer science alumna from top tech consulting firms, Accenture & Avanade, to learn about consulting in the technology industry and opportunities available at their firms.
- Tuesday, March 23
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
Exploring Fields & Careers in Health
Interested in a career in health but insure which field is right for you? Attend this panel event to learn about the diverse health industry and hear from professionals in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physicians Assistant, and Nursing.
- Monday, April 12
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
S&P Information Session
S&P Global Ratings is the world’s leading provider of credit ratings. Join alumnus, Gilad Kopelman to learn about the S&P’s role and impact on the financial markets and the 2022 CREDit Summer Internship Program including the application process and tips.
- Tuesday, April 13
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
These can be accessed through the YU Career Link: YUCL
- Lead Teacher – Montessori Program (Certification Available), Westchester Torah Academy • YUCL Job ID: 43483 • Deadline: March 22
- Co-Teacher Montessori Program (Certification Available) Westchester Torah Academy • YUCL Job ID: 43545 • Deadline: March 22
- Benefits Strategy Intern – Virtual, Bind • YUCL Job ID: 43548 • Deadline: March 29
- Intern (Cyber Threat Management Graduate – Summer), Centene • YUCL Job ID: 41792 • Deadline: April 11
- Community Psychiatric Support and Treatment Provider (P/T), OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services • YUCL Job ID: 43021 • Deadline: July 1
More than a dozen graduate classrooms have been visited by a member of the SGC staff this academic year.
- Susan Bauer, Executive Director email@example.com
- Todd Lotcpeich, Director, Employer and Alumni Relations firstname.lastname@example.org
- Joshua Meredith, Director of Career Advising and Technology email@example.com
- Naomi Kapp, Associate Director of Career Advising firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sharon Mella-Reyes, Associate Director of Career Advising email@example.com
- Matthew Garcia, Associate Director of Employer Relations & Alumni Programs firstname.lastname@example.org
- Daniel Coleman, Assistant Director of Career Advising email@example.com
- Jim MacWhorter, Assistant Director of Career Advising firstname.lastname@example.org
- Barbara Lerman, Employer Relations Specialist email@example.com
Check out the Shevet Glaubach Center’s latest on-line resources on majors and industries as well as to view our tip-sheets and more in Canvas. Request to join the Shevet Glaubach Center’s Resource Hub and check out our modules.
The Shevet Glaubach Center for Career Strategy and Professional Development supports the leaders of tomorrow. Our students will be able to think strategically about designing their careers while in college, at graduation, and for life.