By now you may have heard that the UW Alumni Association in partnership with the UW Advising, Career and Exploratory Studies Center is working together to offer the “Cowboy 2 Cowboy” mentoring program for current students exploring career options (usually juniors and seniors). The program pairs a UW alum with a current student for a brief (15-20 minute) phone call for the student to conduct an informational interview. It is an opportunity for the student to learn about a career in a specific industry and to begin to network in that field. The program was very successful for a handful of students last year, but to make a much bigger impact we need many more alumni to become mentors. I was back in Laramie for Homecoming speaking to several students in October and a couple of students mentioned they were registered on Handshake looking for mentors in their industry.
By signing-up as a mentor you are agreeing to have a UW student or UWAA staff member contact you to schedule the informational interview. Our alumni have so much to share with our students and signing-up with the basic profile takes about 10 minutes. To register go to Wyoming.joinhandshake.com and follow prompts to sign-up as a mentor.
I am asking you to volunteer about 30 minutes of your time (10 minutes now and 20 minutes down the road for the interview) if you’d be willing. This is a great way to give back. As a former UW student, I would have loved to have had this opportunity and the ability to connect to a fellow alum for career advice. Over the past year, I have conducted several of these interviews and I have found them to be beneficial to the students and rewarding for me as a great way to give back to UW.
Thank you for your consideration,
UWAA Board President