What is a Major in Success Mentor?
A MIS Mentor is a junior or senior who has a sincere desire to assist other students (freshmen or sophomores) with the decision about declaring a major and other career related advice. The mentor must be a student who has at least Junior Status, has declared a major, has a minimum overall GPA of 2.8, and has earned at least 15 credits in their major. The mentor must also have strong interpersonal communication skills and knowledge of their program of study.
What does a Mentor do?
A mentor will assist freshmen or sophomores who have participated in the f Career Development and Placement Center's Major in Success Program. The Major in Success program helps freshmen and sophomores make an informed decision about selecting a major. The program is designed to help these students identify and articulate their strengths as well as how to research compatible career options.
Mentors will meet with students that have either an interest in majoring in the specific major of the mentor, or have any inquiries regarding that major. These freshmen and sophomores will be asked to contact a mentor to obtain accurate information about what a specific major is like. Topics of discussion between mentor and student often include: how you arrived at a decision about major, professor teaching styles, course requirements, possible careers you have considered, and opinions of students about courses and the major. Along with assisting Major in Success students, mentors will also act as ambassadors expressing the importance of utilizing the Career Center to other students.
Mentors who have been accepted to the program will be asked to meet with a Career Center staff member before meeting with a student to obtain some basic training, clarify roles and ask questions.
A Career Center staff member contacts the mentor when there is a request. Then it is up to the mentor and the student they are mentoring to determine how and when to meet, (phone, email, meeting). Sometimes, one meeting or phone call will answer the student’s questions. For others, additional contacts may be necessary. There may be other requests regarding presentations in the Residence Halls or other activities dealing with educating student’s of the importance of career development. Keep in mind that there are often long time periods when mentors do not work with any students.
This experience may assist students who are considering related careers in human services or education and may be documented on their co-curricular transcript and/or resume.