Make the Bee Connection Work For You
Find out how SAU alums have succeeded in their own careers by interacting with them through the Bee Connection. Get advice on what you should be doing now. For example: you can talk to them about internship and job shadowing possibilities and what other advice they might have on areas you have trouble with such as interviewing, job skills pertinent to your sector, and others.
Use the Bee Connection
As a student of St. Ambrose University, you can be proud knowing that our alumni take their liberal arts education into the real world, poised to make a difference in their careers, their life and the lives of countless others.
Find out how they've done it by interacting through the Bee Connection. Get advice on what you should be doing now. Talk to them about internship and job shadowing possibilities.
- Greater understanding of a specific field of work
- Assistance in setting and achieving professional goals
- Enhanced knowledge of available networks and networking
1. To foster relationships between St. Ambrose alumni/friends and current students to enhance the students' knowledge of career-related topics and goal setting.
2. To provide a resource to help a student build a professional network and guidance in how to conduct a successful job search.
3. To offer a unique opportunity for SAU alumni and friends to give back to the Ambrosian community.
While individuals may be asked for guidance as to locations and types of businesses/organizations, the program is NOT meant to serve recruitment needs. Students must respect the individual's time and availability. Failure to meet with an individual who has volunteered their time for observation or informational interview purposes will end your participation in the program.
In addition, any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior on the part of an individual or student must be reported to the Career Center immediately and will end the individual's participation in the program.
There are no specific guidelines for meeting. The relationship between the student and the individual may be as quick as an email exchange to answer questions. You may find the individual is willing and able to serve as a mentor. The student should always ask if the individual has time to answer their question and be respectful if the individual is too busy at that time to respond to those questions. It should be mutually agreed upon between the two parties if the communication continues past the initial e-mail.
- Why did you choose to go into this field?
- Can you tell me about a typical day?
- What are the key skills needed to be successful in this field?
- What type of training/testing is needed to go into this field?
- Do you have time to critique my resume?
- As an upcoming graduate, how would you suggest I go about my job search?
Questions NOT to Ask:
- Could you get me a job at your company?
- Could I use you as a reference?
Contact the Career Center at 563-333-6339 with any questions about the mentor program.
You've graduated from St. Ambrose, and gone off and done wonderful things with not just your career, but your life. Consider sharing your stories of success, and your times of challenge and change, with current students at your alma mater through The Bee Connection. Sign up for The Bee Connection today!
How the Bee Connection Works
- An alumnus or friend of the university signs up online and will be put into an online database. By filling out the form the alumnus or friend of the university is NOT guaranteed that they will be contacted.
- Students can search the database by city, state, vocation, major, metro area or name to find an individual who can answer their career related question.
- The student will then e-mail the individual to ask a career related question, like requesting a job shadow/informational interview, ask how they got started in their field, gather relocation information, request a resume critique, etc.
- It may be as simple as the student asking one question or there may be a connection and a long-term relationship will form. It is up to the student and alumni/friend of the university to decide.
Benefits for Students
- Greater understanding of a specific field of work.
- Assistance in setting and achieving professional goals.
- Enhanced knowledge of networks available and networking.
Benefits for Alumni/Friends of the University
- Give back to the St. Ambrose community and students.
- Satisfaction from helping students or fellow alumni grow and develop.
- Enhanced coaching skills.
- Access to future professionals.