Career Guides (Volunteer Mentors)

Share your professional knowledge and expertise. It’s flexible—no time commitment. Simply offer "one-time" feedback to students on their career document using an online guided form.

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Complete the online the Career Guide Mentor Volunteer Form.


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Do you remember looking for your first job after college?

If you were like most new college grads, you were excited—and a bit terrified about finding your first job. As an industry professional, you can get involved in a meaningful volunteer opportunity and provide guidance to students who are preparing to enter the workforce.



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About

The Online Career Guide Mentor Program is offered entirely online via email and supports the professional development of currently enrolled Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) students and Metropolitan College (MC) students and alumni preparing to enter the workforce.

The mentor program is designed to connect students with professionals who will serve as their "Career Guides" for brief, "one-time" career development feedback in one or more of the following areas: Resume Review, LinkedIn Profile Review, and Online Career Portfolio Review.

Career Guides and students can maintain contact beyond the one-time feedback session, if mutually agreed.


How It Works

Interested in becoming a Career Guide Mentor? It’s easy.

  1. Register to be a mentor—Complete the online Career Guide Mentor Volunteer form (5 minutes).
  2. Monitor email for Career Guide Mentor communications—All match notifications will include mentee’s academic and career goal statements, career document, and online guide feedback form. Mentors may receive up to three student matches per month based on need.
  3. Recommend strategies and tips for career development— Provide one-time feedback on career document using the online guided form (15-20 minutes).
  4. Share your experience—Complete the Volunteer Mentor Satisfaction Survey (3 minutes) and maintain contact with mentee—if mutually agreed.

Note: Our goal is to match Career Guides with students who share similar career interests; however, all networking relationships are deemed valuable and can contribute to professional growth, knowledge sharing, and innovative ideas.


Time Commitment

This is an online volunteer opportunity. It's flexible! Career Guides may receive up to three (3) match notification emails a month—only takes 15-20 minutes to offer "one-time" feedback. Career Guides may opt-out of participation at any time.

Note: Career Guide Mentors are not guaranteed a match, as it depends on the number and career interests of students who register for the program.

Mentor Match Closures

During the month of December, mentor matching will be closed due to high student traffic and institutional closings and will reopen starting in January. During the December peak, our staff will be working closely with students to complete requirements for the new academic term and will encourage student participation in the mentor program.

Volunteer Mentor applications will continue to be received and processed year-round during normal business hours.


Career Guidance Areas

Career Guides may volunteer to provide "one-time" feedback in one or more of the following areas:

  • Resume Review | Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes | Delivery Method: Email | Sample Resume Feedback Form | Provide "one-time" resume critiques using an online guided feedback form to help students promote their skills and experience to employers.
  • LinkedIn Profile Review | Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes | Delivery Method: Email | Sample LinkedIn Feedback Form| Provide "one-time" LinkedIn profile reviews using an online guided feedback form to help market their personal brand, network with professionals, and showcase relevant skills and experience to employers.
  • Online Career Portfolio Review | Estimated Time: 15-20 minutes | Delivery Method: Email | Sample Online Career Portfolio Feedback Form | Provide "one-time" career portfolio website reviews using an online guided feedback form to help students brand their candidacy and effectively highlight their relevant skills and experience to employers.

Follow-up Mentor Communications

This is an online mentor program. Communication among Career Guide Mentor and student are through Career Guide online forms only. Career Guides and students can maintain contact beyond the one-time feedback session, if mutually agreed. This mentor program does not help facilitate face-to face interaction.


Eligibility Requirements

Career Guides (Volunteers)

Career Guides must meet the following eligibility requirements for consideration:

  • Must be currently employed or retired
  • Must have a minimum of one year of full-time relevant work experience in career field
  • Must have a degree or credential (or equivalent experience)

Note: This is an online mentor program—geographic location not applicable.

Students

Students must meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of registration:

  • Must be a currently enrolled JCTC student or MC student/alumni
  • Must have earned a minimum of 30 credit hours and clearly defined career and academic goals
  • Must have previous or current work experience developed through full-time or part-time employment, volunteering, co-curricular activities, co-ops or internships, etc.

Note: Metropolitan College students must complete the CAPP 30 Credit Hour Requirement prior to participation.


Expectations

Career Guides are Expected to:

  • Monitor email weekly for Career Guide communications
  • Submit "one-time" career development feedback within 14 days of match notification
  • Understand that match frequency is based on the number of students and Career Guides participating, there may be months when you may not receive a match notification.
  • Notify program coordinator of any changes to contact or employment information

Career Guides are NOT Expected to:

  • Offer jobs or internships
  • Be industry experts or have all the answers
  • Extend contact beyond the "one-time" career development feedback session

Benefits

  • Gain personal satisfaction by helping students achieve career growth and development
  • Build your professional network and engage with the emerging talent pool
  • Develop coaching, leadership, and critical thinking skills

Questions?

Contact Renecia Griffie Davis at 502-852-2534 or via email at renecia.davis@kctcs.edu

Sign up to be a Mentor

Complete the online Career Guide Mentor Volunteer Form.

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