Mentoring Moment

Mentoring Moments


In 2010, we asked students who attended the ACET events to provide feedback on the most valuable thing they learned and the questions they would most want answered.  Most students were on the verge of graduating and were largely concerned with their next big step:  getting their first job.  Here are some of the things they found most valuable last year, and a few of the concerns they would like you to address in 2011.

What was the most valuable thing you learned?

  • How to deal with conflict and get a solution.
  • Be bold!
  • Seek leadership opportunities no matter what the situation.
  • It is important for me to learn how to communicate well.
  • Ask good questions.
  • Be confident, relax and be prepared for interviews.
  • Consider the culture of a company when identifying companies to work for.
  • How to be an engineering mom.
  • Find what you like to do and do it.
  • I saw how important it is to have your path well mapped out, even early in your education.
  • Not all startup companies fail.  I received great info about how to start a business.
  • I can get the job I want if I really learn how to network.
  • My options are more varied than I think.
  • The Lord can, and will, help me.

What would you most like to learn from these mentors?


  • What's the best way to make it in a down economy?
  • How can I better network and form career-oriented relationships?
  • How do I figure out the 'job of my dreams' and then get it?
  • Where is the best place to start when looking for your first job?
  • I would like tips on how to be a good leader.
  • How have you made transitions from job to job or job to owning a business?
  • How can I be successful?  What role does an internship play?
  • What are the most important skills for me to develop right now?
  • I would like to know how they have learned to change as their jobs and responsibilities have changed.
  • How can management stay in touch with their subordinates in order to lead them well?
  • How can I transition from the student world to the business world?  What was most beneficial to them in that transition?
  • What does it take to be globally competitive?
  • How can I advance in my career without sacrificing my family?
  • How do you protect your ideas if you're working for someone else?