Mentor Spotlights

The Mentor Spotlight for December 2013 is Tara Ivie.



CareerPassport Team (CPT) – Tell us about your career background. 


Tara – I have a background in The US Air Force and here at UVU.

CPT – What degrees and certifications do you have?

Tara – I have a bachelor's in Political Science and a Master's in Administration of Academic Advising.
 
CPT – What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Tara – I love outdoor activities, cooking, and traveling.

CPT – Why did you decide to become a mentor?

Tara – I hope to serve as a resource to students who are interested in my career field, making their preparation for a career more effective and their experience more fulfilling.

CPT – Have you had any surprises or made any discoveries during the mentoring process.

Tara – I thought my mentee would be more driven to contact me, rather than waiting for me to contact them.

CPT – Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?

Tara – General AJ Stewart. A stellar example of what it means to be a good leader and following your passion. Also a great example of balancing work and family life.

CPT – What have been some of the most beneficial activities you’ve participated in to help you achieve your career goals?

Tara – Researching and contacting professionals in my field. Volunteering to gain experience and exposure. Taking the initiative to create opportunities, not waiting for them to arrive.

CPT – What advice regarding college experiences would you give to students for career success?

Tara–  Study what you are passionate about and gain experience in that field(s) of career interest. Your undergraduate is about learning how to write, how to think, how to analyze, and how to process. Expertise can be gained through work experience and graduate level education.

CPT – What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?

Tara - An opportunitiy to serve and interact with new students.


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The Mentor Spotlight for November 2013 is Lark Galley
CareerPassport Team (CPT) – Tell us about your career background. 

Lark – I work in finance, logistics, and sales.

CPT – What degrees and certifications do you have?

Lark – I have a FINRA, an IATA/FIATA; I’m Life Insurance Licensed, am Securities Series 6 & 63 Licensed. I also have a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and I have an International Relations Certificate and an Master's in Economics.
CPT – What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Lark – I enjoy Kickboxing, Bikram, Horseback Riding, Traveling, and Reading.

CPT – Why did you decide to become a mentor?

Lark – I thought of all the people who had influenced my development process and wanted to give back to others what had been done for me.
CPT – Have you had any surprises or made any discoveries during the mentoring process

Lark – My Mentee was originally interested in finance but allowed her career to flow into sales which was a new area for her.  I had experience in both and was able to give her some guidance as she started taking on new responsibilities.
CPT – Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?

Lark – 20 years ago my boss told me he couldn’t promote or invest training time in me because I was a woman.  I determined to never allow anyone to dictate my future.  I left his employment and went on to earn 10 times what I had been earning.  He was the best motivator I ever had!
CPT – What have been some of the most beneficial activities you’ve participated in to help you achieve your career goals?

Lark – Internships, study abroad, continual education, and networking groups.
CPT – What advice regarding college experiences would you give to students for career success?

Lark – Internships are an excellent way to get hands-on experience in your field as well as open doors for future employment opportunities. 
CPT – What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?
Lark - Getting to know my Mentee, her goals and plans for the future and sharing my knowledge and experience to assist in her success.  

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The Mentor Spotlight for October 2013 is Mikki O' Conner


CareerPassport Team (CPT) - Tell us about your career background

Mikki - I am the Assistant Dean of the Woodbury School of Business

CPT – What degrees and certifications do you have?

Mikki – I have a Bachelor's in Business Management and a Masters in Organizational Behavior.
CPT – What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Mikki – I love to read, be with my grandchildren, gardening and going on road trips.

CPT – Why did you decide to become a mentor?

Mikki – So many people helped me make career choices and decisions that have led me to a position where I truly cannot wait to get up in the morning and go to work. I love my career and all the opportunities that others have helped me achieve. It is truly my time to give back. I feel everyone needs to give as much as they take.
CPT – Have you had any surprises or made any discoveries during the mentoring process.

Mikki – Mentoring my mentee has taught me so much about myself. We have both accepted challenges that have helped us grow. I see so much potential in mentoring and have really watched what a difference it has made in my life. I do not think he realizes what he has done in reminding me of my core values and how important it is to build on basics. This experience has been of the highlights in my career at UVU.
CPT – Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?

Mikki – I really have so many people that have influenced me. My father, who always wanted to go to college and never had the opportunity. He always stood behind me and helped me reachmy goals and potential. The Women’s Resource Center is where I started my educational career. The Life Skills class really turned my life around. My husband who was very educated and had enough faith in me to push me along the way. My many friends including Carla Meine, Mary Crafts, Janice Gygi, and Lucille Stoddard. These people have really mentored me and showed me the way to not only success, but happiness.
CPT – What have been some of the most beneficial activities you’ve participated in to help you achieve your career goals?

Mikki – Networking. I feel networking is the key to getting things done and meeting people who really make a difference in your life. I have grown to understand that I do not have to know everything, I just need to know who is smarter than me in the areas where I need help and ask questions. I to many events and work hard to meet new people who can really make a positive impact on my life and the life’s of my students.
CPT – What advice regarding college experiences would you give to students for career success?

Mikki – Do not listen to the negative voice in your head. You can do it and you can be successful. I love the book called The Little Engine Who Could, because "I can." The only limitation in your academic life is the one that you put in front of yourself. I learned half way through school that I was spending too much time being scared and not enough time studying. You do not always have to be the smartest, just the one who is smart enough to raise their hand and ask the questions to understand the principles being taught.
CPT – What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?

Mikki - I enjoy spending time with my mentee. I love seeing the world in their eyes and helping them see that education is more than understanding a topic. Education is understanding yourself and how you can help yourself and others reach success. I think that mentoring is the greatest gift a mentee can give a mentor, and a mentor can give a mentee.
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The Mentor Spotlight for September 2013 is Dana Walker


 
CareerPassport Team (CPT) - Tell us about your career background.

Dana - I am currently a Specialist at The UVU Academic Counseling Center. In the past I was a Licensing Board Member for The State of Utah. I have also been a Pre-litigation panel member for The State of Utah.

CPT - What degrees and certifications do you have?

Dana - I have a BS in Office Education and an MS in Psychology/School Counseling.

CPT - What are some of your hobbies and interests?

Dana - I love to read, play with grandkids, watch movies, go out to eat, and go on Disneyland vacations.

CPT - Why did you decide to become a mentor?

Dana - I’m excited to help students through mentoring, and I knew I would become a better resource for other students too.


CPT - Have you had any surprises or made any discoveries during the mentoring process.

Dana - The surprise is I have learned a lot from this experience.  I assumed it was for the mentee to learn from me but I have also learned a lot from her. 

CPT - Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?

Dana - One of my former bosses.  She had confidence in me and treated me as an important and integral part of the office.  I was willing to try new things knowing she fully supported and encouraged me.

CPT - What have been some of the most beneficial activities you’ve participated in to help you achieve your career goals?

Dana - School, school, and more school. Keeping active in the community when not in the workforce has really helped me, and always striving to learn new things is very important.


CPT - What advice regarding college experiences would you give to students for career success?

Dana - Take college seriously.  Have fun but make sure you are doing well in your classes.  If you don’t take your academics seriously, doors may be closed to you in the future.  Take advantage of and participate in extra-curricular activities while in college; résumé writing, interviewing, and cover letter workshops, internships, honors program, leadership programs, Career Passport and more…  

CPT - What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?

Dana - I love working with my mentee and love seeing her learn and grow through the experience.  She has many talents and some awesome goals she’s ready to work towards.

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The Mentor Spotlight for August 2013 in Ellen Draper

CareerPassport Team(CPT) - Tell us about your career background.

Ellen - I worked 16 years in Human Resources with many additional years in administrative roles.  I’ve also worked as an assistant manager of a retail store and a movie theater.
CPT - What degrees and certifications do you have?

Ellen - I have a Bachelor’s in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources.
CPT - Do you have any career advice you’d like to share?

Ellen - Don’t lock yourself into one thing, rather explore a variety of options that utilize all of your talents so that you’ll have options throughout your career and if you need to change you won’t have to start all over again.
CPT - Who has influenced you the most in your career and why?

Ellen - My first boss at The Hartford influenced me the most because she mentored me on a daily basis to grow and develop my confidence and skill sets.  She always supported and encouraged me in every endeavor.
CPT - What’s the best way to keep you eye on future results?

Ellen - To keep your eye on the future, focus on today, and learn from every experience.  Don’t view any opportunity as futile, because you never know when the skills you are learning at a low paying job might open the door for a future opportunity; or when your associations will connect you with someone who needs your talents.
CPT - What made you want to be a mentor?

Ellen - I wanted to be able to help students realize that they have limitless opportunities in their future and to help them take control rather than let life just happen.
CPT - What have you enjoyed most about being a mentor?

Ellen - Being able to utilize the skills that I have gained over the years by making mistakes and learning the hard way to help someone plan a better path for their future.
CPT - What has been the most beneficial activity you’ve participated in to help you meet your future career goal?

Ellen - Networking, because it provides you with an opportunity to find people with similar values and goals and you can align your career goals with your passion.

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