Remember when you were a senior in high school or a freshman in college, or even a 45-year-old woman trying to figure out what you wanted to do with the rest of your life? Don’t you wish you had someone reaching out to you with the answers?
So many young women at Villa Maria are looking for businesswomen who can provide a look inside a typical day in their career, or guide them in the direction of their dreams. Villa Maria asks its alumnae to bring the future to life for so many of our students. It also helps that you already have one thing in common: Villa Maria!
Villa Maria graduates have been part of a strong tradition of excellence in women’s education, and we are asking you to pay it forward to a current Villa student. No matter your position, career or tenure, you have valuable experience to share with a student. Please consider joining our mentoring programs. There are many ways to participate:
- Have a student shadow you for the day at work.
- Act as a resource, taking calls or emails from a student with questions they have about careers.
- Participate in our Career Share at Villa Maria.
- Be part of our Senior Capstone Project.
The Alumnae Office is seeking alumnae to share valuable college and career experiences with students, and to provide coaching as they earn their degrees and begin their careers. Please fill out the form below if you are interested in any aspect of our mentoring curriculum. If you have any questions, please contact the Alumnae Relations Office. We will be happy to discuss mentoring options.
Mentoring Curriculum and Opportunities
For alumnae interested in speaking to a group of students about their career. You can choose to present in any fashion, but typically a “Day in the Life” and your career path make a good foundation for their needs. Students will then be encouraged to ask you questions. This is a series of discussions for students who want to expand their awareness and knowledge of career possibilities and/or help them narrow down a major in college.
For alumnae to share their college and professional career experiences with students and offer individual insight through phone, email or Skype. This is a unique opportunity for juniors and seniors who want to seek one-on-one advice from an alumna on professional development in a field of interest. This is also an aspect of The Senior Capstone Project.
The Senior Capstone Project
This project is an in-depth experiential learning opportunity to replace senior second semester exams. The project requires each senior to identify an important question or topic and to research using the following steps:
- Form a proposal
- Identify a mentor to help guide their research. Mentoring meetings take place over the course of 5 months, through 3 to 4 in-person, phone or Skype sessions designed to help guide their learning and objectives
- Shadow a person at work for two weeks in May. The mentor and the person shadowed may be the same person BUT do not have to be.
- Present their year-long project to an evaluation panel during the last few weeks of school.
We need alumnae to act as mentors and to provide job shadowing opportunities for Senior Capstone Projects. An alumna can also offer space in her home to a student who must travel for a shadowing opportunity, but doesn’t have the ability to commute back and forth daily for this two week period.
We are also looking for alumnae to join a committee that helps the Alumnae Board and school place students with other alumnae, or with people they may know in the students’ fields of interest.