To greater strengthen your tie with Western, Ask! encourages their mentors to participate in other university programs and events. These may include:
As a volunteer you have the opportunity to work with university departments and programs to counsel a targeted group of students (e.g. Associated Student Groups). This goes beyond the scope of one-on-one mentoring and reaches out to key campus groups. If you have the time to mentor a group as a whole, you can work with the Ask! program coordinator and the Career Services Center to pinpoint a group right for you!
Job Shadow Experience
Job shadowing can be an integral part of experiential learning and enhance a general company visit. Volunteers are encouraged to invite interested students to spend time at their offices for a glimpse at their possible future career and learn more about the day-to-day operations of a particular job or industry.
Host an Information Table or Session
If your company is interested in increasing its exposure and you would like some more face time with students, consider visiting campus to host an information session or table in the Viking Union. This format gives you the opportunity to:
- talk with students about your organization and your role as a mentor by increasing their awareness of current career, internship, and mentoring opportunities
- collect resumes and schedule candidates for interviews, or offer mock interview opportunities to students
- cover information that would otherwise take up interview time
Sponsor an Event
The Career Services Center hosts a wide variety of career fairs and special events during the academic year many of which are made possible by the generous contributions of our employer sponsors. Your financial assistance not only supports the Career Services Center office, but also improves your name recognition on-campus through event publicity and materials distributed to event participants.
Employer Spotlight Series
Our Employer Spotlight Series is a fantastic opportunity to showcase your company to WWU faculty, staff, and students. In a casual environment, we invite you to share information about your organization, your recruitment needs and tips that can help our students navigate your selection process. For more information, please contact the Employer Relations Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 650-3240.
Students, alumni, and faculty use the Career Services Center to research employers. Help build your organization's profile by providing information about your organization and in the electronic employer database. For more information about submitting information, visit www.careers.wwu.edu or email email@example.com.
Hire an Intern
Sponsor an internship through the Career Services Center. If you currently to not have an internship position, consider creating one! The purpose of the experience is to give direction and enrich students’ education by enhancing their value as an employee upon graduation. This will also enhance your visibility as an employer, and help in your recruiting efforts of Western students and recent graduates.
As a mentor, you have the ability to serve as a guest speaker or panelist on campus to represent specific industries, trends and/or professions. Ask! and Career Services supports various events, small group discussions, and special presentations to student groups, faculty, and staff on campus. Contact the Career Services Center at firstname.lastname@example.org to further explore the options of serving as a guest speaker.
Career Fair Table
You can represent your company at one of Western’s Career Fairs put on by the Career Services Center. Check out the calendar for upcoming career fairs and register for a company table.
If you specialize in an area that would be particularly beneficial to students in developing their skills, conduct a workshop on campus and share your skills with students. Great workshop examples include: resume building, how to network, polishing interview skills, basic money management, job search strategies, and best practices in a certain field, such as online journalism for example. If you have an idea for a potentially great workshop, work with Ask! and Career Services to present on campus.
The Office of Admissions encourages alumni to participate in recruiting prospective students. Do you have a friend or family member interested in attending Western? On your profile form under "Other Ways I Can Help!" you have the ability to request information about Western Washington University that you can distribute. Or, you can simply contact the Office of Admissions with your request at email@example.com or (360) 650-3440.
There are endless opportunities for alumni wanting to be active volunteers at Western. As more opportunities become available, the Western Alumni Association will post them online as well as update the handbook. If you have any suggestions on how you would like to be involved with Western besides as a mentor and the other opportunities previously listed, please contact the Ask! Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas!