Program Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become an Alumni Career Mentor?
To become an Alumni Career Mentor, you must be a graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The next step would be to register to become a mentor on the Alumni Career Mentor Registration Page. Once you have registered, you will be contacted by the UTC Placement and Student Employment Center with more information, including instructions on how to access the Alumni Career Mentor Program.
What does an Alumni Career Mentor do?
An Alumni Career Mentor is a UTC alumna or alumnus who volunteers to network with current UTC students or other alumni for the purposes of career exploration and professional development.
I'm interested in participating but want to control the number of calls or emails that I receive–is that possible?
The program was designed with you in mind so you can control the type of information you are willing to provide to students, determine the maximum number of calls you are willing to receive per month and indicate your preferred method(s) of contact.
How much time should I plan to give participants?
Participants are advised to be respectful of your time. As an Alumni Career Mentor, expect a couple of hours throughout the semester. Of course, if you are in a hot field or job market, you may receive a few more calls or emails than other mentors, but you always have the option of limiting the number of people who may view your profile by adjusting that number via your mentor profile.
Can I volunteer to share specific kinds of career-related information?
Yes. You can choose the type(s) of guidance you're willing to provide: employer information, career advising, regional information, resume review, and mock interviews. You can also choose the type(s) of volunteering you would like to do: job shadowing, informational interviews, mentoring, and internships.
I don't work in HR, and I'm not a recruiter. Will students and alumni think I'll be able to get them a job at my organization?
Participants are advised not to use the Alumni Career Mentor Program to directly solicit employment from the Alumni Mentors. It is also made clear that while internships, job shadowing, and informational interviewing are possible outcomes of a student/mentor relationship, they cannot be guaranteed and should not be expected.
How will I know when my profile has been viewed?
If an individual has browsed the Alumni Career Mentor database and saved your profile for further considerations, it will automatically generate a record in your profile with that person's name and basic contact information.
I would like to network with others in my industry, can I use the program?
Yes. The program is open to both students and alumni of UTC. You must log into the eRecruiting site on the Student/Jobseeker side.
I signed up to participate but have recently changed jobs–how do I update my information?
To update your information, simply login to eRecruiting with your user name and password. Choose your mentor profile and click “edit” to make changes to your information as necessary.