When Reid Larkin ’19, a senior at Bowling Green State University, was trying to figure out his best career move after college, he attended a conference run by his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi. There, Reid picked up a flyer that informed him about the Alpha Sigma Phi Mentor Network, a platform that connects fraternity alumni to current students.

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When students go to college, they often have some inkling of what career they’re interested in. However, that career path may morph and change over time as students learn more about their desired jobs—a process that relies on that student learning more crucial information about different career paths. 

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Advisor Preston Webb (‘10, ’11) has a lot of experience mentoring students on AGGIEvisors, Texas A&M Mays School of Business’ alumni mentorship platform. A Manager in the Technology practice at Deloitte Consulting, Preston primarily consults with MBA and MIS (Masters of Information Science) students looking to get into the consulting field.

His surprising advice to them? Focus less on technical skills, and more on “soft” skills in your résumé in order to land consulting jobs.

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It was 9:41pm on a Friday, but the daylight in Lillesand, Norway was not letting up. Earlier that day, my New York-based coworkers and I had caught fish, baited crab traps, and enjoyed a Norwegian dinner with open-faced prawn sandwiches. As we gathered around the campfire to make s’mores under the dimming night sky, I thought to myself, “How did I get so lucky?” 

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McMaster’s homegrown mentoring system MentorLinks wasn’t working. “We were asking alumni to sign up through a clunky interface” says Anne-Marie Middel, Assoc. Director, Alumni Advancement. “Alumni would sign up and then rarely hear anything back. Matching mentors and mentees manually worked for niche programs, but we weren’t able to address mentoring interests on a broader scale. 

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