Every year, TRU holds four career mentoring events on campus to help student meet experts and learn about potential careers that they could explore after graduation. Some students even meet their future employers during these events.
Last week began the first out of four career mentoring events to happen on campus this school year. There were 45 mentors that came out to meet students, who gave advice and insight on their careers. Over the course of an hour, students were able to meet five mentors and have impactful conversations with them.
Before the meet-and-greet portion of the event started, Dean of Students, Christine Adam, gave her thoughts on what it means to network with people in your community.
Adam started off by discussing how communication has been passed along these lands for thousands of years through the Secwepemc people and acknowledged her presence on their territory.
“[Events like this] allow us to connect students with employers in the community and we’re really blessed in Kamloops to have such an enthusiastic employer community,” Adam said.
She also mentioned that over 33,000 students have met and engaged with mentors in the last nine years and that these statistics “speak really loudly about the support that we have here in Kamloops.”
During her speech, Adam asked all the mentors to stand and then asked them this:
“If you today in your work life are doing exactly what you thought you’d be doing when you were 18, can you please stay standing up.”
Only two out of 45 mentors remained standing. Adam continued to talk about how there are very few people out there who end up doing what they thought they would at age 18 or 19.
“Very few people say when they were 18 or 19 that they wanted to be a Dean of Students and became a Dean of Students, nobody said they wanted to be a Dean of Students when they were 18,” Adam joked towards herself.
Lastly, Adam acknowledged the excitement that your career carries and recognized the benefit of sharing stories among one another.
“Our journey through our careers can take all sorts of unexpected paths that have taken us to all sorts of excellent opportunities,” she said. “So, for those of you that are mentors, whether you’re doing exactly what you wanted to be doing when you first started into your career journey or not, it’s really a benefit for the folks who are sitting opposite you at the table to hear a little bit about that journey.”
The next career mentoring event, Meal with a Mentor: Athletics, will take place on Dec. 4 in the CAC’s Alpine Room.