Monday Moments with President Bergman: March 5, 2018

Gustavus President Rebecca M. Bergman shares her thoughts with College employees each week.
Posted on March 5th, 2018 by

President Rebecca M. Bergman

A smooth and successful transition from college to “real life” is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students. Gustavus Acts Strategies 2.2 and 2.3 highlight several of the key areas of focus that pertain to this transition: Integrate vocational exploration and career development and embed them into the four-year experience of every student and expand the mentoring program. With the groundwork that we have laid in the mentoring program over the last few years as well as the boost in funding for the Center for Career Development that was recently announced, we are well-positioned to help our students with that important first step beyond Gustavus and to instill in them the confidence and capability to navigate their career in the years ahead.

Enhancing the Center for Career Development will include the hiring of several new staff members over the next few years, starting with a new executive director. Our four-year career road map encourages students to explore, experience, and transition to a successful career. By starting early to discern a career path and working on a plan throughout their time at Gustavus, students will be equipped to walk across the commencement platform and begin a fulfilling and purposeful life.

One strong component of our Center for Career Development is the mentoring program with over 225 mentor/mentee pairs in place this year. We envision that every junior and senior will have the opportunity to work with a Gustavus alumnus or friend of the College in a mentoring relationship. This will make the College truly distinctive in the support it offers students for career preparation, supplementing their rigorous academic experience.

How can you help? When you meet students, ask them about their future plans. Tell them about your career journey and encourage them to use the resources and opportunities available to them in the Center for Career Development. Listen to their hopes and dreams — they are the next generation of leaders in our communities and our world.

Until next week, keep up the good work, Gusties!

With respect,



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