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Hartwick's Career Office Seeks Peer Mentors

March 24, 2010

Beginning in Fall 2010, the Office of Career Development & Education plans to train peer mentors to supplement its current programs. Career Advising Peers will provide one-on-one advising to students and promote the office’s services. CAPs will help with resume writing, mock interviews, skills assessment, and internship searches, among other services.

“We’re hoping that students will have more access to our programs and services at more convenient times,” said Internship Coordinator Melissa Marietta.

Psychology students Christine LaTorre ’10 (at right) and Steven Tanner ’09 worked as interns during Fall 2009 to determine the best method of implementing a peer mentoring program at Hartwick.

“The peers will definitely reach out the Office of Career Development & Education’s arm to a wider population,” LaTorre said. “I think a lot of people come in not knowing what they want to do. It’s more important to be open to new experiences. I really think the students at Hartwick are qualified to help out with this; they just need the correct training.”

LaTorre explained that the office is seeking outgoing, motivated students who communicate well with others. Ideal candidates will have good academic standing, campus involvement, and an interest in working with other students. Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are encouraged to apply.

“These mentors will have access to the best internships, as well as learn resume and interviewing skills,” LaTorre said. “They’re going to be highly trained in all of the skills that they themselves will need to be hired.”

Marietta (pictured at right) also acknowledged the level of professionalism that will be expected of the mentors.

“They’re really like staff members,” Marietta said. “The goal is to make the office more relaxed and approachable to new students.”

LaTorre added, “I want people to see the ways this program is effective and modify it to meet the needs of Hartwick students. I think it’s cool to be creating something that will be here after I graduate.”

“A job isn’t going to just come to you,” LaTorre said. “Students need to take the initiative to find the job they want.”

Contact Marietta at mariettam@hartwick.edu or LaTorre ’10 at latorrec@hartwick.edu for more information.

By Alicia Walstad '10

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