On Thursday, Feb. 15, Trocaire College welcomed participants in its newly created Professional Mentorship Program. Mentors attended a one-hour training, followed by a meet-and-greet with with mentees. The session was facilitated by Roseanne Dee of RT Dee & Associates (former program advisor for Human Resource Management at Trocaire).
This program is focused on students pursuing non-traditional degrees; for example, men in healthcare fields (nursing, medical assisting, massage therapy, radiologic technology, surgical technology) and women in data and technology (computer network administration, healthcare informatics, health information technology).
The purpose of the mentorship program is to pair students with working professionals in the community–including Trocaire alumni– in order to prepare students for their intended career. Once paired, the mentor and mentee will work together to set goals for the student and communicate throughout the semester, including several in-person meetings.
Mentoring as an extracurricular development opportunity provides long-term benefits for students, connecting them with support and a networking base as they move through their collegiate experience into careers of choice. It also provides a professional role model who can guide them as they navigate academic and career choices. Research confirms that quality mentoring relationships have powerful positive effects on students in a variety of personal, academic, and professional situations.
Many mentors say that the rewards they gain are as substantial as those for their mentee, and that mentoring has enabled them to achieve personal growth, improved self-esteem and a feeling of making a difference in the world for the mentor. Above all, a good mentor is willing to take the time to get to know their mentee, to learn new things that are important to the student, and even to be changed by their relationship.
“We are so excited at the potential of this program, and for our participants to begin seeing the benefits of this type of mentoring relationship in their life, both professionally and personally,” said Pam Jablonicky, coordinator of Community-Based Learning.
If you are interested in becoming a mentor (male professionals in a healthcare-related field or female professionals in technology) or mentee (male students in a healthcare-related field or female students in technology), please contact Jablonicky at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716-827-2543.