Thank you to the many Stanislaus State alumni who participated last winter in the Alumni Attitude Survey. Your feedback is crucial to building an alumni association that serves as a valuable resource in your lives. The fact that you took time from your busy schedules to answer the questions and provide thoughtful comments is sincerely appreciated.
As I review the results, I am not surprised to see the majority of you place a high value on the career-related services your alumni association can provide. Throughout the survey, you stated that identifying career opportunities, networking and mentoring are very important and alumni should support each other and current students in these ways.
In light of these survey results, it is timely that we have launched Warrior Mentoring, an online mentoring platform where alumni can connect with students and other alumni to advise, coach, share job leads and help with interview preparation. At Warrior Mentoring, alumni and students can schedule a career conversation with an alum who has been in their shoes, have their resume critiqued by someone who knows what it takes to be noticed, and participate in a mock interview that can help them land a job. There are also useful webinars available on career-related topics. Participation and all services are free of charge.
When you go to the Warrior Mentoring site, you’ll notice two buttons: get advice and give advice. This is where alumni with career experience under their belts can click on “give advice,” sign up to be mentors and ensure the success of this new program. It's also where grads can sign up to get advice from fellow alumni. Since the program is online, geographical distance from campus is not a factor and participation can be scheduled around work and other activities.
I expect Warrior Mentoring to grow and become a major resource for both alumni and students, but it will not take the place of face-to-face programs and events, such as the Alumni Week scheduled for September 17–23. A full week of activities is planned, so you’ll want to save those dates. The week will include Warrior Wisdom — a panel of mentors sharing their experience and expertise in a variety of on-campus settings. There will also be a fun exploration of the ever-changing downtown Turlock, a garden party all-class reunion and a “golden grad” brunch for graduates from 1960-1968.
Also, I’d like to mention that another important career resource available to alumni is the new Stanislaus State Career and Professional Development Center. The center has been revitalized after a nine-year absence and is located in MSR 230. The staff of the center is dedicated to making sure students and alumni have the resources they need to pursue their career goals.
In the coming months, I expect to share more results from the Alumni Attitude Survey. For now, if you have any interest in sharing your experience and expertise as a mentor, please visit the new Warrior Mentoring site or contact me for more information.
Lisa McMullen, ’08
Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Special Events