Career Guides (Volunteers)

Share your professional knowledge and experience. Offer support and guidance to our students by volunteering to serve as their "Career Guide" for brief, one-time feedback sessions in one or more of the following areas: Resume Review, LinkedIn Profile Review, and Career Portfolio Review.

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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 through email communication and supports the professional development of currently enrolled Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) and Metropolitan College (MC) students preparing to enter the workforce.

The Online Career Guide Mentor Program provides an opportunity for students to connect with industry professionals who will serve as their "Career Guides" for brief, one-time feedback in one or more of the following areas: Resume Review, LinkedIn Profile Review, and Career Portfolio Review. Career Guides and students can maintain contact beyond the one-time feedback session, if mutually agreed upon.


How It Works

Volunteering to be a Career Guide is as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

  1. Receive a match notification email from mc-career-guides@kctcs.edu
  2. Review the student’s career-related document
  3. Provide one-time feedback using an online guided feedback form (responses will be shared with student via email)

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


Time Commitment

This is an online volunteer opportunity. It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule. Career Guides may receive up to three (3) student match notification emails in a given month, and it only takes 15-20 minutes to offer one-time feedback. Career Guides may opt-out of participation at any time.

Depending on the number of students and Career Guides participating, there may be months when you may not receive a match notification.

Closures

Due to high office traffic and the busy time of the semester, the Online Career Guide Mentor Program will be unavailable during the months of January, August and December. Any requests received during this temporary closure will be reviewed in the upcoming month.


Professional Feedback 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 Profile 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.
  • 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.

Feedback Communication Reminder

This is an online mentorship program. Communication among Career Guide Mentor and student are through Career Guide online forms only. This program does not facilitate face-to face interaction.


Eligibility Requirements

Career Guides (Volunteers)

Career Guides must meet all of the following requirements in order to be considered for the program.

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

Note: This is an online mentorship opportunity and geographic location is not applicable.

Students

Students must meet all of the following requirements in order to be considered for the program.

  • Must be a currently enrolled Jefferson Community and Technical College or Metropolitan College student
  • Must have a minimum of 30 earned college credit hours
  • Must have clearly defined academic and career goals
  • Must have current or previous work experience developed through full-time or part-time employment, volunteering, co-op and internship experiences, etc.
  • Must obtain a referral from Metropolitan College or JCTC CREW Career Center staff

Expectations

Career Guides are Expected to:

  • Possess a sincere desire to contribute to the professional development of students preparing to enter the workforce
  • Monitor email weekly for match notifications
  • Provide feedback within five (5) business days of match notification email
  • Notify program coordinator of any changes to contact information or employment

Career Guides are NOT Expected to:

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

Benefits

  • Gain personal satisfaction by helping aspiring professionals develop their potential
  • Expand your professional network and gain exposure to the emerging talent pool
  • Enhance your coaching, leadership, and management skills

Questions?

Contact Renecia Griffie Davis, Student Development Counselor at renecia.davis@kctcs.edu or (502) 213-4521.

Get Started

Sign up today! Complete the Career Guide Mentor Volunteer Form.

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