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In the Center for Academic and Career Engagement, we believe that career development is a lifelong process that does not end at graduation. As such, we encourage Wagner alumni to continue to use of all of CACE's career services, from career planning to employment search. We also hope to provide a means by which alumni can stay connected to Wagner, whether by hosting Wagner students as interns or meeting  Wagner students at our various networking events.


Career Connections - The Alumni-Networking Program

The Career Connections program is one of the most important networking experiences in which Wagner students can participate. This program is an initiative focused on fostering meaningful relationships between current Wagner students and Wagner alumni who serve as the students’ mentors. Through these relationships, students will gather relevant career insights and personal advice from seasoned professionals in their field or who share a similar academic background.
The practice of alumni mentoring is an essential piece of the Wagner Plan. Alumni mentors can help -- through their advice, insight, and experience -- to clarify for students the various connections between their liberal arts education and the practical application of that education in the “real world.”
This program represents a partnership between the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE) and the Office of Alumni Relations, which will draw on Wagner’s network of loyal alumni professionals willing to volunteer their time and energy on behalf of the college and its students. As such, this program promises to strengthen Wagner’s community of alumni while providing them with additional opportunities to remain involved with the college.
Are you interested in serving as a mentor to current undergraduates? Career Connections mentors can assist students in developing a realistic understanding of their career choices, guiding them to examine the respective benefits and drawbacks of their chosen profession, and helping them to recognize the qualifications, skills, strengths, and attributes needed to succeed in that field.
There are many ways mentors can assist current Wagner students, including:
  • Conducting an informational interview in person or over the phone
  • Conducting a "mock interview" in your office or in CACE's offices at Wagner
  • Participating in one of CACE's career development panels
  • Participating in a student-alumni networking event
  • Offering an internship at your organization
  • Offering a site visit for individual students or a day of "job shadowing"
  • Making a presentation for a class at Wagner
We are always actively seeking alumni, parents of students, and friends of the college who are willing to share their insights and expertise with Wagner students. To register as a mentor/alumni participant, please complete the form here. If you have any questions or concerns about Career Connections, please email us at cace@wagner.edu, or call us at (718) 390-3181.

Career Connections - How does it work?

The program will pair students with alumni based on shared connections, which may include undergraduate major choices, career paths, and other common interests. Through the year, mentors and mentees will communicate and meet regularly based upon whatever terms to which both parties agree.
CACE staff will promote the program on campus and establish the initial communication between alumni and students. CACE staff will also maintain oversight of participating students to ensure that they are responding to communications, scheduling meetings, and conducting themselves professionally with their mentors.
Participants will be able to register via an online application; application information will be used to inform CACE staff about the level of involvement desired by alumni participants, as well as to guide the matching process. Once a match is made, a CACE staff member will send an email introducing the mentor and mentee; the student will be expected to make the next contact afterwards with his or her mentor and to set up their first meeting. The mentor and mentee will subsequently agree upon the method (in-person meeting, phone call, etc.) of their next communication.
A CACE staff member will follow up with the student mentees shortly after the initial introductory email to ensure that the subsequent meeting has been scheduled and/or held and that the mentoring relationship is moving forward.

Career Connections - FAQs

a) What are the program’s goals?
  • To introduce students to a range of career possibilities and paths for development
  • To help students to improve their professional materials (resumes, cover letters, etc.) and soft skills (interviewing, professional conduct, etc.)
  • To teach students the fundamentals of networking and building professional relationships
  • To offer alumni an opportunity to remain involved in the Wagner community
b) Which students will be allowed to participate in the program?
Current students of all class years and majors will be eligible to participate in the program. Graduate students will also be encouraged to participate. Before being matched with a mentor, students must complete an application to the program and take part in an interview with a CACE staff member.
c) What are the expectations for each student participant/mentee?
Students are expected to behave as professionals at all times; this includes conducting proper professional correspondence in a timely manner, attending all appointments that they schedule with their mentors, and behaving appropriately in any professional settings. Student participants are expected to recognize the limits of their relationships with their mentors by respecting their schedules and communication preferences. Students are expected to be proactive in the maintenance of their relationship.
d) Who can participate as mentors?
Primarily, mentors will be drawn from Wagner’s network of alumni. Mentors may also include friends of the College or the parents of current Wagner students. Ideally, the mentors will all have an attachment of some sort to Wagner, as well as an understanding of campus life and the ideals at the core of the Wagner Plan. Outside of this connection, mentors will represent a range of ages, places of residence, personal experiences, industries, and career paths.
e) What are the expectations for each alumni participant/mentor?
Mentors are expected to serve as positive role models for their mentees, while providing insight, advice, and support to them. At all times, mentors are expected to observe an appropriate working relationship with their mentees. Mentors who are particularly engaged in their relationships with mentees may be asked to further support Wagner students by participating in mock interviews, professional panels, and other career-related events.

Career Connections - Information for Alumni/Mentors

To be a mentor, alumni will be asked to submit a brief autobiography that includes their education and professional work experience during and after their time at Wagner. CACE will use this information to match mentors with mentees.
Mentors will be notified of their mentees' name and contact information via an introductory email. They will be contacted shortly thereafter by their student mentee. If necessary, CACE staff can help to set up the first meeting between the mentor and student. After the email of introduction, the students and mentors can use whatever means of communication -- telephone, email, etc. -- is most convenient for them. Students will be encouraged to monitor their email and voicemail regularly and return any messages in a timely manner.
Mentors will be encouraged to plan meetings within the limits of their respective schedules, and students will be required to respect the time and availability of their mentor. Depending on their respective schedules, mentors and students may meet formally or informally (for coffee or meals, at the mentor’s place of business, or at any other mutually agreed upon time and place). Mentors may invite students to whatever special events that may be relevant to their career or personal development, such as professional meetings, lectures, etc.
Mentors are strongly discouraged from meeting students, even those of legal age, at bars, clubs, or other establishments at which liquor is primarily served. Mentors should always use their best judgment when determining an appropriate venue for meeting with students. Failure to exercise appropriate behavior will result in the mentor and/or the student being removed from the program.

In the event that the mentor’s current location does not permit for in-person meetings (i.e. lives or works outside of the New York City area), CACE will approve a remote networking relationship to take place via phone, Skype, etc. Again, mentors should use their best judgment in determining when and how they will communicate with students. Failure to exercise appropriate behavior when using technology or social media will result in the mentor and/or the student being removed from the program.
The mentor's role is to give the student a realistic view of their profession and career path. Appropriate topics for discussion between students and mentors include current issues and trends in the profession, the job market, career goals, career tracks, types of businesses, management or ethical issues, and quality of life in and around the profession. Of course, professional relationships can also become friendly, personal relationships, and well-matched mentors and mentees may discover that they wish to remain in touch outside of the mentoring program. However, if at any time a mentor feels that the relationship is not progressing in a positive way, or that the student has behaved in an inappropriate manner, the mentor should contact CACE immediately.
This program is not intended as a recruitment or job placement program. Alumni will not be asked to find a job for their mentees or to give a job to their mentees. While alumni are certainly welcome to recommend or even hire qualified students, it will be made clear to participating students that the program’s primary focus is on networking, building professional relationships, and learning about their future careers.

Career Connections - Information for Students/Mentees

To take part in the program, a student must complete a screening interview with a CACE staff member. Students of any class and any major will be eligible to participate; however, only serious candidates will be paired with an alumni mentor.
Students will be notified of their mentors' name and preferred contact information via an introductory email from a CACE staff member. Students should contact their assigned mentors as soon as possible to introduce themselves and schedule their first meeting. If necessary, CACE staff can help to set up the first meeting between the mentor and student. After the email of introduction, the students and mentors can use whatever means of communication -- telephone, email, etc. -- is most convenient for both parties.
Students will be required to respect the time and availability of their mentors. Students are strongly encouraged to monitor their email and voicemail regularly and return any messages in a timely manner. If students need to cancel their appointments with their mentors, they must give at least 24 hours notice to their mentors. Students who do not abide by professional communication standards will not be allowed to participate further in the program.
Students will be asked to maintain an appropriate relationship with their mentor, observing the intentions and limitations of the program. The mentor's role is to give the student a realistic view of their profession and career path. Appropriate topics for discussion between students and mentors include current issues and trends in the profession, the job market, career goals, career tracks, types of businesses, management or ethical issues, and quality of life in and around the profession.
Depending on their respective schedules, mentors and students may meet formally or informally (for coffee or meals, at the mentor’s place of business, or at any other mutually agreed upon time and place). Mentors may invite students to whatever special events that may be relevant to their career or personal development, such as professional meetings, lectures, etc. Students, even those of legal age, are discouraged from meeting their mentors at bars, clubs, or other establishments at which liquor is primarily served. Both students and mentors should always use their best judgment when determining what would be an appropriate venue, or an appropriate activity, for meeting. Should a mentor request to meet at a time or place that makes the student feel uncomfortable, the student should contact CACE immediately.
In the event that the mentor’s current location does not permit for in-person meetings (i.e. has an office outside of the New York City area), CACE will approve a remote networking relationship to take place via phone, Skype, etc. Again, best judgment should be used in determining methods of communication. Failure to exercise appropriate behavior when using technology or social media will result in the mentor and/or the student being removed from the program.
Professional relationships can also become friendly, personal relationships, and well-matched mentors and mentees may discover that they wish to remain in touch outside of the mentoring program. However, if at any time a student feels that the relationship with his or her mentor is not progressing in a positive way, or that the mentor has behaved in an inappropriate manner, the student should contact CACE immediately. Failure to exercise appropriate behavior will result in the mentor and/or the student being removed from the program.
This program is not intended as a recruitment or job placement program. While alumni are certainly welcome to recommend or even hire qualified students, it will be made clear to participating students that the program’s primary focus is on networking, building professional relationships, and learning about their future careers.

Celebrating Success

At Wagner, we have a continuing interest in the success of our graduates. Each year, the Center for Academic and Career Engagement (CACE), in collaboration with the Office of Alumni Relations, surveys recent graduates about their post-graduate pursuits, including full-time and part-time employment, acceptance to graduate or professional school, and/or extensive volunteer work. We use this information to better understand how we can design programs and services that help students pursue their careers, as well as for federal reporting of data on student outcomes. We are also interested in your success—we want to brag about your achievements!
Are you a graduate of the Class of 2012? Please click here to complete the 2011-2012 Post-Graduation Survey.
Did you graduate prior to August 2011? Please click here to update your information with Office of Alumni Relations.

Interested in Using Our Services?

If you are in need of assistance as you apply for full-time employment or graduate/professional schools, please remember that CACE is here to support Wagner alumni. Are you a recent graduate and having difficulty getting your career started? Are you looking to change careers and not certain how to get started or what resources are available to you? Are you applying to a graduate program but you don't know what they're looking for? Don't be afraid to ask for some help or advice from our staff. Make an appointment with us by clicking here, sending an email to cace@wagner.edu, or calling us at (718) 390-3181 -- or you can just stop in.