By Jackie Adell, Communication Studies major, Class of 2017
Members of the Harrington School’s Executive Advisory Board met with students on Friday, April 28. These meetings take place twice during the school year and are meant for board members and Harrington students to network and discuss academic experiences, career goals, and common interests.
Executive Advisory Board members represent distinguished communication and media companies including Warner Bros., CBS News, NBCUniversal, New York Times, USA Today, CNN, IBM, Fidelity, Thomson Reuters, and HBO.
During the meeting, board members and students discussed the Harrington School’s growing mentoring program.
The program pairs a board member and a student together for a three-month period. During this time, board members serve as a resource for students to explore potential careers, create professional portfolios, and develop as individuals.
Board members encourage more than a formal and professional dialogue. For there to be a successful mentor/mentee relationship, students should approach their mentors with questions, comments, or thoughts on things other than their careers, such as relevant news articles and project ideas. The goal is to build a relationship that will continue to grow beyond the mentoring period.
Other topics discussed during the meeting included resume writing, interview attire, and first job stories. The event concluded at the Harrington Hub for a private tour of the updated academic building.
The next advisory board luncheon will happen in the fall of 2017.