The art of passing knowledge and expertise from one person to another through a mentor relationship has long been an established tradition. A practice I was aware of but never had the privilege of being part of, at least not formally. Like many of us in the workplace and in life, I have been blessed to have around me some good people who saw my potential and were a great support. What I did not understand was how to seek help and turn those relationships into mentoring opportunities to help me advance in my career.
In my 10+ years working at Stony Brook, I have had some of my most enjoyable experiences as a mentor. Students who stayed in touch, asked big questions, sought advice, opened up and allowed vulnerability. The pleasure of seeing my mentors grow and achieve their goals is one of the best parts of my career, and I am thankful that I have established excellent relationships with them. Through their eyes, the discussions I have had with them have opened my eyes to how powerful and satisfying it is to be a mentor and mentor for our careers and soul. I believe we are made to give and in the act of giving, joy and happiness are multiplied.
Managing the Micro-Mentoring program and listening to first-hand stories from mentors and mentors has made me believe this even more as I hear about many great experiences from participants. Unfortunately, the pandemic has made it difficult to bond and build relationships over the past year and a half. Our students are back this fall, but many have not had the experiences and connections they would have had before the pandemic. Although the pandemic has kept us apart, one of the positive results is that many of you are happy with Zoom, which opens up opportunities for mentoring conversations and building relationships both near and far.
In collaboration with the Alumni Relations office, Stony Brook University Career Center is rebuilding our Micro-mentoring program for the 2021/2022 academic year. It is an innovative approach to mentoring that allows recent students and alumni to seek guidance from mentors for a one-time career conversation. it was created to teach students how to connect and chat with alumni. We encourage both parties to stay in touch and develop a relationship if there is a natural bond. The main goal of the program is to empower our students to feel confident in their ability to reach the alumni for career conversations, informative interviews, networking, and building authentic relationships. We can not create these opportunities without you.
September 22, 2021, please join Career Center, Alumni Relations and our startup panel 2021-2022 to hear first hand from Stony Brook Alumni Mentors and Mentored Matches to learn how to get involved and make a difference.
The power of mentoring: How to find a mentor and build a network for career success.
September 22, 2021 @ 6:00 pm registration link
Panel discussion with mentor / mentor matches to learn from their experiences and decide if you are interested in being a mik- mentor (one-time career talk) or joining a micro-mentoring program as a student or recent alumni mentoringwith
Marie Parziale, Sr. Alumni Career Coach
Priscila Quiroz Royval ’17, Agent, Life Insurance Company in New York
Andrew Rotjan ’06, ’07, Director – ACP Clinical Training and Education, Northwell Health
Joseph Seeman ’12, Supervisor of Mechanical Engineering, Data Devide Corporation
Adam Sherman ’91, Founder / Digital Marketing Consultant, Warm Name
Matthew Lee ’22, Marketing intern, mobile device
Olivia Todaro ’20, ’21, Registered Nurse, NYU Winthrop Hospital
Jose Menjivar ’19, Junior Engineer, Becker Electronics
Who can be a mentor?
Stony Brook University micro-mentors are Stony Brook alumni, faculty, staff and friends. They are professionals who are passionate about sharing their knowledge and resources with students and recent graduates. Volunteering is a great way to influence the lives of mentors and stay connected to your Stony Brook University community.
Who could Mentee be?
Current Stony Brook students and recent graduates who are looking to have a career conversation and learn more about specific industries and job roles. Mentors are passionate about professional growth, learning new skills, navigating their career path and expanding their professional networks.
About Marie Parziale, Sr. Alumni Career Coach
“Working with Stony Brook students and alumni to create a meaningful life and a purposeful career brings meaning to my life. The best part of coaching is helping my clients see what they have instead of what they do not have. I empower them to dream big and recognize their strengths, interests and gifts as I help them see a clear path and create the steps needed to make their dream a reality as they make a living. If you are interested in working with me or joining the Micro-Mentoring program as a mentor or mentor, please contact me at email@example.com.. “