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DAA Mentoring Tips

The primary goal of this program is to introduce our current pharmacy students to professional career opportunities under the mentorship of UB SPPS alumni working in a variety of practice and business settings. In addition, this program will provide students the opportunity to develop relationships with practicing pharmacy professionals.

Example Topics

  • Career choices
  • Job searching
  • Current job opportunities
  • Continuing education
  • CVs and cover letters
  • Relocating to certain area
  • Maintaining your own practice
  • Managing a budget
  • Balancing work and family
  • Other advice and tips including “life lessons”

Ideas for Connecting

Tips

Contacting Mentors:

  • When you are reaching out to a potential mentor, make sure you use formal communication styles. Even if you are writing the email from your phone, do not use text abbreviations.
  • If meeting in person, present yourself on time, professionally dressed, and prepared with research and questions.

Meeting In-Person:

  • Be respectful of the mentor’s time and keep your interaction brief unless otherwise arranged.
  • If you are meeting your mentor for a meal or snack, it is expected that you will pay for your share.
  • Before leaving, obtain a business card for follow-up purposes. You may also ask your mentor if they know someone else you might speak with about the career field in order to build your network.

Follow Up:

  • Write down some basic notes about your meeting such as the name and title of the mentor, date of the meeting, and what was discussed.
  • Send your mentor a thank you note. Express your appreciation for the assistance you received and mention one or two specifically helpful points.
  • Keep in touch with your mentor! When you make a decision about your career choice, or you find a position, share your news with people you have interviewed. They will want to hear what happened to you.

Example Questions to Ask During A Meeting:

  • How did you get to where you are today – what was your career path?
  • What do you like most about working in this field and what do you find most challenging?
  • What are your responsibilities and what skills do you use in your profession?
  • Tell me about your daily routine on the job.
  • What are some problems you face and decisions you make?
  • How do most people get started in this field?
  • What do you think is the ideal educational path to qualify for a position in this profession?
  • Do you belong to any professional organizations?  Do they have student chapters?
  • Do you think this field is growing, with opportunities for employment?
  • Can you recommend other people who might be valuable sources of information?

For additional help, consider attending workshops on using LinkedIn and networking. See Life and Learning Workshops.

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