From staff reports
With the current economic crisis, students have a number of questions about career paths and how to land their first job. The Ohio University Alumni Association is seeking alumni to help answer those questions by participating in the Bobcat Mentor Network.
The network is an online networking program launched in 2007 to connect students with alumni who can assist them with advice and support. Many current university faculty and staff are alumni and are eligible to participate in the program. Also, employees who know a student who may need mentoring can direct them to the program.
"It's important for anyone who received help along their college and professional career paths to 'pay it forward,'" said Angela Krile, who received her bachelor's degree in journalism in 1997 and has participated as a mentor for nearly a year. "So many alumni and other contacts helped me and continue to help me, and I think the only right thing to do is pass along my own advice and help others as I can."
The free program currently has 618 active mentors. The network's size emphasizes the individualization of the program and importance of finding compatible matches. Students are encouraged to search for mentors based on criteria such as school, major and geographic location in order to receive relevant advice.
"The network is a priceless resource for students," said Krile, adding that she has been contacted by four students. "These are alumni who have indicated they are willing to help students, so students should take full advantage of it."
To learn more about the Bobcat Mentor Network, visit www.bobcatmentors.org.