Jeffrey Conover, seasoned communications consultant, and Colleen Baker, DePaul Univeristy communications major, discuss what the program entails and how it delivers clear, practical rewards to both of them.
The IABC/Chicago Mentor Program provides students with assistance in launching their careers in communications. Students gain from shared insights, advice, connections and experiences of a seasoned professional as they explore internships, jobs and continued studies. Mentors are rewarded by the satisfaction of contributing to the initial business success of a communications student thus giving back to the profession.
This short video highlights how a mentoring relationship can really flourish without too much of a time commitment. Through her participation in the IABC/Chicago mentorship program, Colleen has gained an awareness “of a lot of avenues of communications that I haven’t even considered,” going beyond what she’s learned in the classroom.
Jeffrey also benefits from the program, saying that the volunteer work with Colleen “has really reenergized me in terms of my day-to-day perspective on my work life. It hasn’t required a lot of time and I’ve gained a tremendous amount from it.”
Colleen agrees, “It doesn’t take a lot of time. You really get a lot out of it. I know I have so far!”
The IABC/Chicago Mentor Program is designed to:
Create opportunities to expand students’ awareness of broader scope of available career paths
Foster knowledge building related to specific skills/capabilities (i.e., writing, design and planning)
Build networking opportunities in areas of student interest as well as expanded areas
Facilitate transition between classroom and career placements including internships
Gain insights related to communications for future generations
Build management/mentor capabilities
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