This is where the mentorship program helps the academic program. By pairing up students with a mentor from their field(s) of interest, we provide some practical knowledge of the industry and help the student make decisions that will assist in transitioning from academic life to the work force. According to Amy Domiano, '12, "As an annual participant in the mentor program, I have learned the importance of a mentor and the opportunity that can rise from such a program. Without the mentor program offered through Niagara University, I would not be where I am today. Meeting my mentor, David, and spending a day shadowing him opened my eyes to the endless opportunities available in tourism management. He even created a position for me with his company to truly test my education and professional experience. I cannot thank the mentor program team and my mentor enough for giving me the true opportunity to shine."
To be able to participate as mentors, alumni need at least five years of work experience in the field in which they wish to represent to the student. The student must have completed at least 30 credit hours of coursework, thus making most students at least sophomores. Students will have the opportunity to be part of the decision process in partnering them with their mentors. Each student will rank their top three choices of the mentors listed. The committee will make every effort to accommodate the student's request and connect them with one of their three choices. Only one student will be assigned to one mentor.
The program begins each year in February and concludes in November. At the end of the program, the students will complete an end-of-program summary. We will provide a guideline of discussion topics to assure that certain areas are covered. However, this is just the beginning. As the relationship develops over the nine months of the program, many more topics are discussed and when possible, students may visit the mentor’s place of employment for some real “hands-on” education.