Looking for Career Advice? Ask an Oxy GOLD Mentor

By Talia Robinson ’97 and Kwame Do ’16 Photo by Marc Campos

A new mentorship initiative looks to bridge the gap for young alumni between academic life and the professional world

Greetings from the Alumni Board of Governors Career and Mentorship Committee! Our committee is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections among alumni and between alumni and students, empowering individuals on their professional journeys. Through a variety of networking events and professional development opportunities, both in-person and virtual, we strive to create a vibrant community that supports career growth and mentorship at Occidental College.

Talia Robinson ’97
Talia Robinson ’97

In today’s interconnected world, cultivating relationships is more important than ever. That’s why the Careers and Mentorship Committee is excited to announce the launch of the GOLD Mentorship Project—an initiative aimed at bridging the gap between academic life and the professional world. This pilot program pairs graduates of the last decade (our “GOLD” alumni) with seasoned alumni mentors, providing invaluable guidance and support as they navigate the early stages of their careers.

The GOLD Mentorship Project targets alumni who graduated between 2014 and 2023, connecting them with mentors who can offer insights based on their own educational and professional experiences. By facilitating one-on-one mentorship relationships, we aim to equip young professionals with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in their chosen fields, while also fostering a sense of community within the Occidental College alumni network.

Kwame Do ’16
Kwame Do ’16

Feedback from the 2023 Alumni Attitude Survey underscores the significance of career readiness and alumni engagement. Mentorship not only benefits individual participants but also strengthens our entire alumni community. As the GOLD Mentorship Project continues to evolve and expand, its impact will be felt far beyond the campus, shaping the future of leadership and innovation.

Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for guidance or a seasoned professional eager to give back, there are countless opportunities to get involved. Keep an eye out for information on how to sign up as a mentor or mentee in the next round of the GOLD Mentorship Project. And don’t forget to connect with us on the official Occidental College Alumni Group on LinkedIn, where you can engage with more than 2,100 fellow alumni and stay updated on upcoming events and initiatives.

We look forward to connecting!

Talia Robinson ’97 and Kwame Do ’16
Co-chairs, Careers and Mentorship Committee