The purpose of this program is to prepare MMS students for a successful career search. For many of the MMS students, this will be the first time they have put together a formal resume, a cover letter and/or conducted a professional interview. For more information on our MMS students, please visit our MMS FAQ page.
The CAM program began in 2010 with ~40 alumni serving as mentors to ~100 students. In the first years, the program was called the Volunteer Alumni Career Fellow(VACF) initiative. For the 2014 year, the name of the program has been updated to the Career Advisor for MMS (CAM) program. Volunteer mentors are referred to as CAMs. The program originated from the need for additional career support for the MMS class prior to the start of recruiting in early September. A select group of alumni were chosen based on their leadership and/or experience as a Career Fellow during their time at Fuqua. The CAMs guided the MMS students through informational and mock interviews. MMS students have found the insights and expertise of the CAMs to be very helpful and beneficial. Following are quotes from participants:
"The program is very useful because you are in a safe environment where you are expected to learn from your mistakes, and the CAMs are here to assist you...The CAM program is safe, handy, and filled with serendipities, and it's one of the MMS-specific resources that Fuqua offers. I've learned a lot by working with my CAMs." — James Chen MMS '13
"The Career Advisor for MMS Program provided the best preparation for my job search. I was paired with an extremely caring and knowledgeable personal mentor—an MBA alumna—who was very dedicated to providing assistance and advice. It was invaluable in getting me ready for the recruiting season." — Jeffrey Young MMS '11
"Mentoring MMS students who are starting their career search provides a tangible way for me to contribute to the school. Through the Career Advisor for MMS program, I provide resume, cover letter, and interview guidance to MMS students. It creates a unique mentoring relationship between MMS students and other Fuqua alumni." — Josh Cohen MBA '07
What's Different in 2015?
This year we will be streamlining the program and each student will be paired with one CAM. After receiving feedback from both students and CAMs we’ve made this adjustment with the intention to foster a more efficient and effective relationship. CAMs will still have the opportunity to mentor more than one student, pending the number of volunteers.
We will continue pairing CAMs with MMS: DKU students as well. As a part of the training, we will cover the MMS: DKU program in more detail, but encourage you to view the website.
Please remember, as a Career Advisor for MMS, you are serving as an ambassador of the Fuqua brand. There are three important factors to remember as you advise the MMS students.
As a CAM, you will be asked to prepare and guide MMS students in networking and the mock interview process.
Each CAM will be expected to conduct networking strategy sessions and mock interviews with the students. In your first session with your assigned student(s), you will be asked to discuss networking and strategies for informational interviewing. You will then progress to mock interviews, ensuring you complete evaluation surveys for each session with your student(s) along the way. All meetings will be via Skype.
Please use the following chart as a guideline for scheduling your meeting time with your students. Please notify your student 24 hours in advance if you need to reschedule a meeting. You may refer to the meeting guidelines if you have to reschedule your meeting.
|Key Events||Start Date||End Date||Notes|
|Watch CAM Training Video||Wed. 7/1||Fri. 7/31||8 minute video to watch at your convenience|
|CAM Program Presented to Students||Fri. 7/31||Business Communication I|
|Initial Contact: Student Group I||Tues. 8/4||Sun. 8/9||Students reach out to primary CAMs|
|Meeting #1: Networking Strategy||Mon. 8/10||Sun. 8/23||45 minutes via Skype for each student|
|CAM Evaluation||Mon. 8/10||Sun. 8/23||Via Qualtrics Survey|
|Meeting #2: Mock Interviews||Mon. 8/24||Sun. 9/6||45 minutes via Skype for each student|
|CAM Evaluation||Mon. 8/24||Sun. 9/6||Via Qualtrics Survey|
We have provided guidelines as to when your meetings should occur. Students are expected to make initial contact with their assigned CAM in the designated timeline. The MMS students have a very tight schedule, and it is extremely important that each student completes their sessions during the times outlined. The actual date and time will be arranged by the CAM and students. We highly recommend scheduling your meetings in advance so you both may plan accordingly.
Meeting Cancellation Policy
We understand that other factors may impact your meetings. We ask that you please provide 24 hours’ notice if you need to cancel a meeting. If you can reschedule within the given time frames, please do so. If you cannot arrange a meeting during the given time frames, please let Allie McClarnon know so that we can try and find a substitute CAM. Allie can be reached at (919) 660-8097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.