Career Empowerment Opportunity (C.E.O.)
Rhode Island College is pleased to introduce the Career Empowerment Opportunity program, an alumni-driven mentorship program that prepares current Rhode Island College students for career success. C.E.O. connects students with RIC alumni who are leaders in their fields and offers personal and professional development opportunities that prepare students to be career ready on "day one."
Through one-on-one mentor meetings, facilitated sessions, networking lunches, RIC alumni share their experiences, networks and job opportunities with students in order to help them plan their career path.
the benefits are priceless. Students gain access to a regional and national network of industry leaders and a mentor within their desired job field, while developing increased job and social skills that are essential for professional growth.
Through the CEO program, I was able to push myself out of my comfort zone and work harder toward my goals. It's so wonderful meeting other motivated students and having numerous people willing to help me achieve my dreams.
-Oanh Nguyen, Class of 2021
The Rhode Island College Alumni Association is proud to partner with MENTOR Rhode Island, a local Non-Profit Organization dedicated to providing quality mentoring services and looked to as the statewide mentoring resource.
MENTOR Rhode Island conducts the Mentor and Mentee orientations for the CEO program and provides ongoing support with relationship management using evidence-based best practices for mentoring.
- RIC alumni mentors are paired with students in their field of interest. These relationships are expected to include one-on-one monthly meetings in person and/or virtual/phone
- Monthly workshops are held on Fridays from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Guest speakers will present on various topics including goal-setting, conflict resolution, digital literacy, personal branding, and more
- Six site-based networking lunches on Friday afternoons, called Lunch N' Learns, hosted by high-level RIC alumni mentors at their place of work across Rhode Island where students will learn about careers and get an inside look at the organization
- Optional internships will be offered by alumni mentors
The C.E.O. program calendar will span across two semesters, a completion of one academic year (span of 12 months).
Program events include
- Kickoff Celebration - pairing mentors with students
- Monthly educational sessions
- Lunch N' Learns
- Optional internships
- Graduation / Final Celebration
Program sessions will cover the following topics,
- CliftonStrengths Assessment: How You Are Uniquely Powerful
- Developing Your Emotional Intelligence
- Communications Skills
- Professional Etiquette
- Time Management
- Strategic Thinking
- Creative Problem-Solving
- Personal Branding
- Social Media and Professionalism
- Servant Leadership
- Community Advocacy
- Financial Literacy
- Public Speaking on the Job
- Resume Building
- Interview Skills
Mentees should dress in business or business casual attire.
Recommended for those that identify as men, collared shirts, tie optional, sweater, polo, slacks and casual shoes.
Recommended for those that identify as women, skirt, full length pants, blouse, and casual shoes/heels.
Students must be a current junior (between 60 and 89 completed credits) with a minimum GPA of a 2.5 or above to apply.
Alumni must provide an updated resume in addition to the application form.