There are many opportunities to share your talents and expertise. We welcome alumni and friends to serve as mentors, connectors, advocates, and more.
Alumni as Mentors
Hartwick alumni represent one of the College’s greatest resources: a diverse, global network of talented individuals who “lived Hartwick,” graduated, and went on to pursue their careers. By talking with students, providing advice or perspective, asking a thoughtful question, and coaching a student who is dedicated to pursuing a goal aligned with their experience, alumni play a vital role in student success. TrueBlue Connect is Hartwick's exclusive online Mentor Network.
When supporting our students, Alumni Mentoring takes on many forms, both one-to-one and in group settings.
- Advice and Guidance: Join TrueBlue Connect, Hartwick’s exclusive online mentor network and be available to answer questions and accept meeting requests from students or fellow alumni.
- Informational Interviews: Have an informal conversation with students to help them research their career interests, answer questions and make referrals and recommendations.
- Resume/Digital Profile Review: Apply your knowledge of the job or candidate search process to help students stand out from the crowd on paper and/or online.
- Mock Interview: Help students practice their interviewing skills and provide insightful and constructive feedback.
- Job Shadow: Host a student in your workplace and give them the opportunity to “test drive” a potential career.
- Career Panelist: Join a panel of your peers and contribute your personal insight and experience as it pertains to a particular topic.
"Being a mentor doesn't necessarily require a huge commitment. Sometimes a single, well-driven, and focused 20-30 minute conversation can have a tremendous impact."
Jorge Escobar '91
Senior Vice President for Conversational Commerce Technology, Bank of America
"In mentoring, I've learned to listen. And be open. Especially to students whose backgrounds are not my own. I've often had to change my perspective."
Dr. Mary Allen
Professor of Biology
"Steven Nanni told me, 'We don't look for perfection, we look for potential.' That has stuck with me. My voice wouldn't be where it is without his guidance, and I wouldn't be the man that I am. I feel comfortable talking with him about anything. He understands that I am a person, not just a voice."
Bryant Stevens '20
About his mentor, Artist-in-Residence Steven Nanni, Department of Music
"Students are changing. Mentoring should be changing, too."
Dr. Min Chung
Professor of Mathematics & Department Chair