Find a mentor for your career

Devan C. Tasa, News Editor Ω

It might be a while before TRU students graduate and head into their careers, but it’s never too early to find mentors.

The TRU Alumni Association is organizing two events this month to help students.

Networking 411 mimics speed dating. It’s open to all students in the Grand Hall between 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 23.

Over a period of 90 minutes, students will rotate through five or so tables, at which there will be one or two professionals available to discuss their careers.

At the tables, students will be able to introduce themselves and ask questions such as how they got into their line of work, what was the best advice they had received, what type of education they had received before working and so on. In turn the mentors might ask students about themselves and their goals.

But there is one thing students should avoid.

“The vast majority of mentors are not at the event to hire students,” indicates a manual that discusses the event, “please do not approach this like a job fair.”

It’s also suggested that participants wear business casual clothing.

For half-an-hour after the speed dating-like meeting, students are free to mingle with the mentors.

For those that don’t think Networking 411 is enough to meet their mentorship needs, it’s also possible to apply for a one-on-one mentorship pairing.

The pairing will connect a student with a professional working in an area that student is interested in. Once the two have been connected at a pairing reception held Nov. 7, they are responsible for organizing meetings with each other.

The registration deadline for the pairing is Oct. 29 and it goes until mid-April. To register, go to https://kamino.tru.ca/alumni/mentorship/register.html.