What is the Career Connections Mentoring Program?
The Career Connections Mentoring Program is a collaborative effort between Sage’s Alumni Relations, Annual Fund, and Career Planning Offices that pairs current students with Sage-affiliated professionals working in career fields of interest. The goal of this program is to provide Sage students with professional contacts that can help them reach their career goals.
Requirements and Guidelines for Participation
Although you and your Sage affiliated partner will ultimately decide what form your mentorship takes, the following minimal requirements for participation will ensure a successful experience for both you and your mentor:
- Informational Interview - Start your mentoring relationship by emailing your sage-affiliate to Request an Information Interview meeting about their career and background (see “Guide to Networking” for assistance in completing an Informational Interview)
- Thank You Note - Following informational interview, send your sage-affiliate a “Thank You” note or email, thanking them for their time and acknowledging their role as your mentor (see “Guide to Networking” for example)
- Professionalism & Timeliness - Keep your correspondence professional, prompt, and respectful. Your Sage-affiliate is taking time out of their work day or personal time to speak with you and deserves your respect and timeliness, whether you’re meeting in person, talking on the phone, or exchanging emails.
- Requesting Career Advice – Ask your Mentor about his or her advice for succeeding in your chosen career field and/or for potential job or internship leads. However, NEVER ask your mentor for an internship or job directly. Doing so puts your mentor in an uncomfortable position.
- Transportation- Although meeting face to face with your Sage-affiliate isn’t a requirement, it is strongly recommended. If and when you set-up meetings, you’re responsible for transporting yourself to and from whatever location you’ve chosen (remember your CDTA card will take you all over the Capital District free of charge).
How Do I Get Involved in the Mentoring Program?
- Complete a Career Connections Mentoring Program application or e-mail George Tiggle for additional details.
- Attend the Mandatory Career Connections Mentoring Program Information Session
- Monday, November 19 at 12:30pm – Sage College of Albany
- Wednesday, November 14 at 12:30pm – Russell Sage College
What determines who I will shadow and where I will go?
George Tiggle, Director of Sage Partner Programs, will work with Alumni Relations and Annual Giving to pair you with a professional in a target career field. The matching process will take place in late October, and you will be informed of your match by early November. Where you will go and who you will be matched with is contingent on the information you filled out as part of your application.
What if I am no longer able to participate?
If for any reason you are unable to participate in the Career Connections Program and have already applied, let us know right away prior to the matching process. The Sage affiliate who has volunteered their time needs to be contacted and made aware of the changes. It is your responsibility to inform us of any changes in your plans.
If you have any questions or concerns before participating in the mentoring program don't hesitate to contact George Tiggle, Director of Sage Partner Programs.