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Curry College Alumnus mentors a student through Curry Connections program

Foster a Curry Connection

Looking to remain connected to the Curry College community in a personal and fulfilling way that does not require a lot of your time? If so, we invite you to learn more about the Curry Connections Mentoring Program.

Exploring career options understandably raises a lot of questions for students. What is the best way to break into a particular field? How readily can I apply the skills learned in this job to another occupation? What will my career advancement path be like? With your help, the Curry Connections Mentor Network can provide many of the answers to these and other questions most often asked by students.

Curry Connections is a mentoring program designed to help students learn and prepare for professional life by connecting them with alumni working in a variety of industries. The program gives students the opportunity to explore career pathways through informational interviewing, networking, conversation, and observation. By generously volunteering their time, alumni mentors add great value to a student's education while helping faculty and administrators create more informed and well prepared Curry College graduates.

Curry Connections helps students explore careers by linking them with alumni and other professionals who are interested in providing information and guidance about their chosen professions. This program gives students an "inside look" at career options through informational interviewing, networking, conversation and observation. The program is not designed for job networking, but rather it serves as an educational and informational program to enhance a student's career exploration. Participating students are prepared for the Mentor Network through a counseling and screening process designed to assess their career planning readiness.

The mentoring program is adaptable to the needs of individual participants. The extent of time contributed by mentors is dependent on availability and chosen level of participation. Upon registering for the program, mentors will have the ability to control how often they can be contacted by mentees and how they would like to be contacted (email or phone). Curry Connections is monitored by the Center for Career Development and the Alumni Relations Office. Mentors are encouraged to reach out to either office at anytime with questions or concerns.

Mentor Role

The role of the mentor is to help the student navigate through career options and help prepare them to enter into the professional world. Mentors will be expected to encourage, inspire, and support mentees by answering career questions, helping them explore career ambitions, and offering expertise in your area of work. Mentors must have completed their degree at Curry College and must be gainfully employed.

Student Prerequisites

Senior students who have maintained a grade point average of 3.0 or higher will have the opportunity to engage with mentors. Prior to having access to the Mentoring Program, students should have their resume reviewed and a preparatory appointment with the Center for Career Development.

Mentors gain the satisfaction of helping Curry College students make sound career decisions by sharing information and expertise about their careers. Some mentors may enjoy providing a "shadowing experience" or a "day on the job", an individual meeting, or a career-related conversation with students wishing to learn more about a particular field.

Common activities include:

  • Job Shadowing - Students spend a few hours or a day observing the mentor's daily work activities and routine, gaining a "real work setting" perspective for a potential career.
  • Informational Interviews - Students meet with a mentor to discuss his/her occupation, roles, job functions, and obtain career advice and strategies.
  • Mock Interviews - A live interviewing scenario is created, allowing students to gain formal interviewing experience.
  • Phone or Email Contact - Mentors can be contacted for general career-related questions.
  • Networking Event - Students attend an industry networking event with the mentor.


The amount of time devoted to the program is entirely up to each mentor. Mentors specify how frequently and in what manner they wish to be contacted. A mentor contact can range from 20 minutes to one hour. Participation can entail a single meeting with a student or it can develop into a longer term "mentoring" relationship. Mentors from all occupations are welcome and encouraged to participate in the program. Moreover, mentoring is rewarding and really does make a difference in a student's life.

What sort of time commitment is involved with the Mentor Program?
The program is adaptable to the needs of individual participants. The extent of time contributed by mentors is dependent on their availability and chosen level of participation. As a mentor, you are able to select the number of students you wish to mentor, and determine the level of interaction you have with them. You can meet or speak to your mentee once, or continue to foster a professional relationship over time.

How are students matched to Mentors?
Mentors are able to self-select the information they wish to share with students through Curry Connections. Students' then conduct a search through Curry Connections using their Curry Connect account. Students decide who to contact based on their professional and academic interests.

What are the responsibilities of a Mentor?
A mentor gives students an "inside look" at career options and coaches them on the skills that will improve their success. Mentors encourage students to network with other professionals, educate students on the daily work involved in their careers, and talk about different options in the field. They may also review students' resumes and give feedback.

What are some ways to effectively mentor a student?
There are a variety of ways to effectively mentor our students. For example, mentors can make themselves available for one or more of the following options:

  • Job Shadowing - Students spend a day or a few hours observing the mentor's daily work routine, gaining a "real work setting" perspective for a potential career.
  • Informational Interviews - Students meet with a mentor to discuss his/her occupation, roles, job functions, and obtain career advice and strategies.
  • Mock Interviews - A live interviewing scenario is created, allowing students to gain formal experience interviewing with future employers
  • Phone or Email Contact - Students may contact a mentor for general career-related information.
  • Networking Event - Invite the mentee to an industry networking event to help them navigate through the networking process and expose them to other industry professional
  • Skype - Utilize video chat resources in order to communicate with students


What are the responsibilities of a student?

Students must partake in a brief career counseling appointment in order to set expectations for using Curry Connections, and to guide them on how to conduct themselves with professionalism. Once students gain access to Curry Connections, they are responsible for initiating contact with a mentor.

Does the mentor program lead to a job or an internship?
Curry Connections involves no promise of future employment; this program is designed to promote professional networking and allow the students insight into various careers/industries.

Still Have Questions? Contact Us

Alumni Mentors: Current mentors or those interested in becoming mentors should contact Steven Whittemore in the Alumni Office at steven.whittemore@curry.edu or 617-333-2188.

Students: Students with questions or concerns about the program should contact the Center for Career Development at careerdevelopment@curry.edu or 617-333-2195.

If you would like to become a mentor, create your online mentor profile.

Your online mentor profile allows you to describe your work role and specify the ways in which you are interested in mentoring students. Your information will be shared with prospective mentees only after each has met with a career counselor to assess their career interests. Only the contact information that you specify will be passed along to the prospective mentee. 

Still Have Questions? Contact Us

Alumni Mentors: Current mentors or those interested in becoming mentors should contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at alumni@curry.edu or 617-333-2121.

Students: Students with questions or concerns about the program should contact the Center for Career Development at careerdevelopment@curry.edu or 617-333-2195.

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Become a mentor to a Curry College student and help them make sound career decisions by sharing your experiences and expertise.