Professional Connections Program-Alumni Mentoring

The goal of the program is to pair UIC engineering junior or senior students with experienced UIC engineering alumni  for an exchange of information on education, professionalism, aspirations, ideas and professional connections! These pairings provide a learning experience for students outside the classroom, where they have a chance to see the opportunities that a professional environment has in store for them and for students to start growing their professional network.

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Here are some inspiring ways you can impact a UIC engineering student:

  • Offer career/life advice and suggestions overall
  • Share in depth experiences that have shaped your professional career
  • Provide ideas about different directions to pursue and help identify interests
  • Help the student develop professional connections and skills
  • Discuss projects in your field to give the student a glimpse on what to expect in the workplace
  • Discuss ideas on what to do after completing a degree (e.g. attend grad school, complete a certification)
  • Talk about current trends and skills in the industry
  • Give insight on specific skills to make the student more marketable

 

Student Testimonials

Mentor and Mentee at a job site

“The most important take away for me was seeing the work my mentor does and hearing about his work. School on its own would not have shown me what project management or design building could be.” ~Kitty, Senior, Civil Eng. (Featured in the photo with her mentor)

“My mentor has given a lot of insight in all the questions I have been asking. We mostly talk about school stuff and research.” ~Danilo, Senior, Computer Eng.

“My mentor has been great. We had phone conversations once every couple of weeks and he gave me excellent advice regarding school, projects, and finding a job. I even got a tour of his work place and what they do.” ~Xiong, Senior, Electrical Eng.

“I received a plethora of advice regarding the real world and the experiences encountered by my mentor that has, quite honestly, helped me immensely. His experience regarding graduate school helped me to open my eyes at the possibility of going myself. I am immensely fortunate to have spoken to such a humble and wise individual.”   ~Brandon, Senior, Mechanical Eng.

Become a Mentor Apply Here for Fall 2019!

Don’t sell yourself short when it comes to the power and value of mentorship: What may be obvious or second nature to you after years of experience may be transformational to someone who is just beginning their journey.

Jeff Weiner  |  CEO, LinkedIn