The CUNY School of Professional Studies (SPS) is delighted to announce that an SPS Mentoring Program has been established to provide a connection between SPS students’ academic goals and the professional paths they pursue. Focusing on relationships and resources to help students succeed, SPS Mentors guide students through the challenges of balancing work, school, and family responsibilities, offer valuable input on courses, skills, and activities, and provide access to a job-related network after graduation. In return, alumni mentors broaden their own leadership skills and professional networks while enhancing the image of SPS.
To inaugurate the program, SPS held its first Mentoring Reception on Thursday, January 26, 2012 at the Graduate School and University Center. SPS Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services welcomed faculty, administrators, alumni, and students to hear keynote remarks from Ami Dar, Founder and Executive Director of Idealist.org, before networking and building mentor/mentee connections.
This unique networking event proved a great success in facilitating relationships. The audience of 70 people learned about the importance of building a network from Dar, and gained valuable insight about how to succeed in forming mutually beneficial connections. He recommended being open to learning from all people, and taking that knowledge and passing it on to help others. Dar mentioned how valuable someone’s time can be, and advised the attendees to be respectful of colleagues’ or mentors’ schedules in making the most of the time spent together.
“Networking isn’t about ‘collecting business cards’ but rather helping people and learning about others,” Dar noted. He simplified this message by encouraging attendees to “be a friend.”
Dar’s overall message set the tone for the rest of the evening and inspired everyone to actively engage with their peers and create new partnerships. Attendees mingled with other members of the SPS community, learning about common professional interests or similar academic pursuits, and in turn identified potential mentors/mentees with whom to continue communicating in the future. The School looks forward to facilitating these and many more such connections.
The CUNY School of Professional Studies (CUNY SPS) serves New York City’s dynamic marketplace by providing timely, innovative and high-quality programs of study designed to address new or unmet needs. Drawing on CUNY’s nationally and internationally renowned faculty and practitioners, as well as industry and education partners, SPS offers a wide range of graduate and undergraduate programs, including CUNY’s first fully online degree programs.