TCNJ engineering alumni are committed to giving back. Our mentoring program matches engineering students with alumni mentors who can offer career and education guidance, plus share their personal experiences. Students and their mentors interact through special events organized by the program, like Alumni Panel and Alumni Networking Events, designated activities, and on an individual basis if mutually desired. For students, the program is a required element of Engineering Seminar III, designed to offer support and perspective during junior year.
- Networking Events – Students meet many alumni mentors and learn important networking skills at these events
- Career Path Interview – Students are also matched with a specific alumni mentor based on major and career interests. Students gain valuable insights by interviewing the mentor about their career path
- Resume Review – The matched-mentor reviews his or her student’s resume and gives constructive feedback and suggestion, helping to ensure that the student maximizes their competitiveness for an internship or permanent position
It’s a Win-Win
- Access to potential employees or interns
- Additional networking opportunities with other alumni
- Satisfaction of supporting the up-and-coming engineers
- An intro to our vibrant engineering alumni network
- Education and career mentoring from the alumni perspective
- Valuable networking experience
- Access to potential employers
The program is embedded as a requirement in the course ENG 093, Engineering Seminar III. Most of the students in this course are juniors, although there may be some seniors or advanced sophomores. Beginning the mentoring experience in the junior year is ideal because this is a year in which many career decisions become more in focus for the student. Moreover, the students have gained enough background to seek specific answers to questions about their chosen field. After the requirements of the course have been satisfied, the mentoring relationship is free to continue if amenable to both the mentor and student – students are encouraged to update their mentors on their progress toward graduation and beyond.
A note to our education majors:
Our education majors currently receive specialized mentoring as part of the professional development sequence within their curriculum. With that strong mentor experience already in place, the Engineering Alumni Mentoring Program is currently limited to engineering majors only.