The Murrow Mentoring Project
The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Alumni has joined forces to offer a wonderful mentoring opportunity for those HIGHLY motivated students looking for work upon graduation.
This program is intended to leverage the talent, experience, knowledge and professional networks of alumni volunteers to coach Murrow seniors who have demonstrated the discipline and perseverance required to secure a good entry-level job in communication.
To help Murrow seniors get job-ready day one following graduation. This program is not intended to have the mentors “get you a job” but rather to help you navigate the job search process.
The Murrow Mentors are volunteers (and not necessarily Murrow alumni) who offer their time and expertise to help Murrow seniors prepare to pursue good jobs in communication. Participating seniors are selected and matched to a mentor aligned with their area of specialty and, when possible, who reside in the geographical region desired by the student.
Each mentor has committed to at least eight one hour meetings, conducted by phone or Skype, with their assigned student. The first meeting will occur in November with meetings scheduled through June. The eight meetings are the minimum and mentors and students are encouraged to meet more frequently if their schedules allow.
Meetings & Milestones
With just eight meetings time is limited and mentors and students must make efficient use of their monthly meetings and commit to achieving specific meeting milestones
- November/December - Student identifies a specific career objective and commits to developing resume tailored to stated objective and to bring resume to the second meeting for mentor review.
- January/February - Resume reviewed with, and improved by, mentor (this may require more time and collaboration than a single one hour meeting). Student and mentor discuss preliminary list of target industries and target companies student has interest in.
- March/April - Student brings resume and list of target companies to meeting three. Mentor and student refine list of target companies to 20 +/- and finalize resume. Define outreach and communications plan with target companies utilizing email, LinkedIn and leveraging Mentor’s network. (Spring Break is March 9 – 16, an ideal time for students to interview if they are ready).
- April/May/June - Refine resume, target company list and outreach plan. Role play and practice interview techniques and answers to interview questions. Continue to leverage all relationships to drive outcome: mentor’s network, WSU and Murrow networks, other alumni, etc.