Alumni Provide Insight to Students

The Raider Mentor Network allows current students to learn and network with Texas Tech alumni.

Written by Megan Robare

University Career Services Mentor Network

The mentor’s role is to provide quick and personal insights to Texas Tech students who are exploring career options.

Texas Tech University Career Services (UCS) launched the Raider Mentor Network, a program that gives current students the chance to learn from Texas Tech alumni in the work force.

Dave Kraus, director of UCS, said the idea originated from a discussion on new ways to serve students and help with student recruitment and retention. UCS partnered with the Alumni Association to advertise the program to its members, which sparked a growth in mentors over the last several weeks.

The network brings students and mentors who have registered within the system together through anonymous contact. Mentors can communicate with students on career-related information and provide career advice. This helps empower the students by allowing them to directly contact alumni in the current world of work. Mentors have the ability to manage their own account while allowing Career Services to supervise the process. Mentors are selected by searching a number of criteria such as major, industry type and location to initiate contact, and mentors can answer questions via e-mail or telephone.

Students can sign up to participate here and employers and alumni can sign up to become a mentor.

Kraus said the network is not meant for job searching, but the impact of networking may play out to benefit the students.

“The network has grown to nearly two hundred Texas Tech alumni who are now active mentors, and we believe this number will continue to grow,” Kraus said.

Jared Lay, assistant director of UCS who helped initiate the project, said UCS officials thought this would be a great way to involve Texas Tech alumni and assist current students.

“We hope this will continue to grow and help connect our alumni with students pursuing their career,” Lay said. “We think this is a win-win situation.”

University Career Center

Career Center

The University Career Center promotes each student's success by providing career development, career exploration, and job search opportunities to undergraduate, graduate, international, distance students and alumni.

Opportunities include:

  • career assessments,
  • resume and cover letter critiques,
  • mock interviews,
  • personal statement critiques,
  • faculty document critiques,
  • salary negotiation assistance,
  • career events.

The Career Center staff is available to assist in identifying your marketable skills and career development needs.

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