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Are You a Graduating Senior? 
Do you Need an Industry Mentor? 
The Aztec Mentor Program is for You!

logo: Aztec Mentor ProgramStudents looking to electrify their networking opportunities and marketability post-graduation now have the opportunity to connect to a professional, alumni mentor through the Aztec Mentor Program, or AMP.

SDSU Career Services developed the AMP for graduating seniors to establish a professional mentoring relationship with someone in a field in which they may want to work in the future.

The program, funded by the Aztec Parents Association, officially kicks off with registration beginning Sept. 3 through Sept. 17. After registering, students must attend a mandatory orientation for the program. The fall session will take place Sept. 27 through Dec. 6.

Students will be pre-screened and must meet program requirements. Once accepted into the program, students select and request the mentor from SDSU Career Services’ online database Aztec Career Connection that best matches their career objectives.

Bobbie Gray, a Career Services counselor and organizer of the program, said students who have worked with mentors in the past attest to the benefits of interacting with a professional from his or her chosen field.

“A mentor program is not for everyone,” Gray said. “But the majority of our students have said that interacting with a mentor who can give them a real world perspective is very valuable. This program is our way of offering this valuable experience to more students.”

AMP will provide students the opportunity to establish professional rapport with alumni who are professionals through one-on-one interactions, either in-person or through technology including Skype and FaceTime, as well as phone calls and email.

The mentors have agreed to give SDSU students feedback, help make connections between their mentoring  and academic experiences, answer industry-specific questions and provide advice on career -related issues.

The AMP is an 8- to 12-hour commitment over the course of a semester. The program is planned for fall and spring semesters, beginning in September and February, respectively.