The Alumni Office and the Academic Enrichment Center are pleased to announce the creation of a new mentoring network at Hammond. The Hammond Real World Connection invites parents and alumni to serve as career mentors for current students and recent graduates. Hammond wants to create personal connections for our students and young alumni with caring, adult role models to answer questions and provide career guidance. Hammond has always believed in creating learning opportunities outside of the classroom. The myriad of professional opportunities and challenges in today’s world can be intimidating for young people, and the current job market requires specialized training and experience in order to be competitive and successful. Many colleges encourage students to begin this process as soon as they arrive on campus. Through this new program, Hammond hopes to cultivate a community of connections which will benefit our current students, recent graduates, parents, and alumni.
During this first year, we would like to create a network of parent and alumni mentors. Please follow this link to update your personal and professional contact information. Initially, we are seeking professionals who are willing to host a student for a day of job shadowing and answer questions about career opportunities in your field. The time commitment is completely flexible and may be determined by the mentor. This protected database of information will be available for students and young alumni to search for contacts to guide them through their career exploration. Even a small amount of time can make a difference in the life of a student. As the program grows, mentors will be able to select varying levels of involvement. We hope to be able to offer formal internship opportunities for students by the summer of 2014.
Hammond is a special place. Our faculty and staff work diligently to help grow capable, independent young people, and these relationships continue to be meaningful in the lives of our graduates long after they leave our campus. Hammond believes our parents and alumni have gifts to share with our students as well. Please consider thoughtfully the gift of your time and expertise. You really can make a difference. Take a Skyhawk under your wing and volunteer to become a mentor.
When parents or alumni volunteer to be a mentor, they are contacted by the Alumni Office to gather additional information. There is no set time commitment. Each mentor may choose the type and level of involvement in this program. Mentors may simply be available for email and phone conversations in order to answer questions about their career, training, and experiences. However, we strongly encourage mentors to offer the more personal connection of a one day job shadowing opportunity. This unique experience allows our students and young alumni to spend a day with you at your workplace learning about your profession and getting a glimpse into your daily routine. Initial mentor-student contact will be facilitated through the Academic Enrichment Center. No mentor contact information will be provided unless a student or recent graduate is a formal participant of this program.
Participating Student Responsibilities
Interested students and recent graduates are asked to submit a letter of interest and application to the Academic Enrichment Center. Participants are not permitted to miss school days in order to participate. Scheduling of job shadowing should be planned during school holidays and summer break. Participants are expected to be courteous and professional at all times. Clear guidelines are communicated to participants regarding personal and professional boundaries and confidentiality.
Ashley Noojin, Ph.D. Katie Eaddy
Clinical Pyschologist Alumni Affairs Coordinator