Mentor Match

Get connected and gain experience

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With a strong network of experienced alumni, the iSchool has the resources to help you pave the way to a successful career. Our professional mentor program, Mentor Match, provides the opportunity to connect with professionals in the field and develop your knowledge and skills in ways that will enhance your education and build your resumé.

Through Mentor Match, you will benefit in multiple ways:

  • Gain insights directly from alumni in the field
  • Develop a deeper understanding of different roles
  • Receive tips on how to improve your resumé and interviewing skills
  • Develop and expand your career network
  • Begin to establish a professional reputation

How does the program work?

Mentor Match runs during fall and spring semesters and matches students with mentors in the information science professions, particularly public, academic, corporate, government, and school libraries.

You will attend an orientation, register and fill out a profile, and browse and select mentor profiles. After pairings have been completed, you will reach out to your mentor to share goals and arrange three half-hour video conference meetings throughout the semester:

  • Informational Interview
  • Resumé critique
  • Mock Interview

An additional option for those who agree to participate is a half-day job shadowing experience, which provides additional professional development regarding daily activities, challenges, and accomplishments.

What do our students say?

"It was very helpful to get exposure to the industry and understand work life. I was glad to meet a great mentor and gain an opportunity to build a relationship. I learned not only about a career but also life lessons."

"Meeting other library professionals in my community who welcomed me to their institution and events was the most valuable part of the experience."

"Getting to learn about a field entirely new to me from a leading professional was very rewarding. I feel like there are few opportunities for novices to speak with [such] professionals, and the mentor program very quickly dismantled this barrier.

Questions? I can help!

Michele Plante
Michele Plante, Assistant Director of Employer Relations