Get Into Energy: Mentoring Program at Jackson State University
The energy industry, which employs more than seven million men and women in essential jobs, is eager to connect with young people to showcase career opportunities in the energy sector. As part of the industry’s commitment to welcoming a more diverse workforce, the Center for Energy Workforce Development and the National Utilities Diversity Council are working together, and with other community partners, to connect with students on select college campuses around the country. We are currently seeking students at Jackson State University and a diverse team of energy professionals who are interested in serving as mentors for this semester-long program that will begin in 2021.
The program will connect sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in Engineering, IT or Cybersecurity with young employees from the energy sector who will help students navigate career path considerations and plan for post college career opportunities.
There is not cookie-cutter approach to how each student/mentor pair will navigate important areas for discussion. Mentors will respond to the unique needs of each student; however general topics for discussion may include:
- Creating your personal professional brand
- Self-awareness and self-management
- Steps toward securing useful internships
- Building and maintaining a professional network
- How to prepare for interviews
- Navigating the work environment
- Responsible decision-making
- Creating work relationships as a valued adult team member
- “Where should I duck?” Traversing the obstacle course of professional life
- Managing company social gatherings
Check out this suggested “getting to know each other guide.” Students and mentors will be encouraged to discuss this as they begin working together.
Qualifications/Requirements for Students
- Students must be majoring in engineering, IT, or cybersecurity at Jackson State University.
- Students will have no less than a 3.0 GPA upon applying for the position and must maintain this GPA while participating in the program.
- Preference will be given to applicants who are currently enrolled as a Sophomore, Junior, or Senior.
- Students must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 units per semester and be in good academic standing with no active academic probation.
- Students must have a positive attitude and be self-motivated. Furthermore, they must be dependable, flexible, be able to relate well to a variety of people and backgrounds.
- Students may miss no more than one group meeting.
- Students are expected to respond to a survey at the close of the mentoring period to provide feedback which will be used to refine the program.
Applications are due by February 1st, 2021. Selections will be announced by February 12th, 2021. Apply today!
What Students Can Expect from the CEWD and NUDC Mentoring Program
- Personal Development
- Interact regularly with a professional role model
- Increase your self confidence
- Discuss different subjects such as careers, courses, and news
- Academic Support
- Learn about study skills and time management
- Find guidance for difficult academic situations
- Career Guidance
- Seek career and internship guidance
- Hear real world career advice
- Find a personal coach for career path planning
- Hone skills such as interviewing & resumé development
Students Apply Today!
Application for Mentors
Thank you for your interest in serving as a mentor for the Center for Energy Workforce Development and National Utilities Diversity Council pilot program that will connect energy professionals with college students from Jackson State University. The program is part of a series of programs that will enable the energy industry to connect with students at Minority Serving Institutions to better expose them to careers in energy. Through the course of the mentorship, you will have the opportunity to make a positive personal and professional impact on the life of a student, one of the greatest and most noble opportunities in life.
Energy industry professionals at Entergy and Arkansas Electric Cooperative, as well as some AABE and NSBE representatives, will connect with selected students at Jackson State University throughout the remainder of the school year, starting in February 2021, through monthly meetings (likely virtual), texts, phone calls, etc. The mentors will help students as they consider their career next steps, providing important insight and support at the beginning of their career exploration journey. During the course of the student interactions, mentors will introduce mentees to careers in the energy industry.
Students and mentors will discuss personal and professional ambition, tips for searching for a job, practice interviews, creation of a personal network, career journeys, and of course, careers in energy.
Though the program has suggested talking points and areas of conversation, the relationship between mentors and mentees is unique and the personal interaction may dictate different conversation areas that may be helpful to the students.
Mentors should expect to spend a minimum of 10-15 hours participating in the program through June 2021, including a kick-off call in early February and a wrap-up call in June.