On October 2, 2013, GVSU PRSSA members had the chance to attend the WMPRSA Mentor Hub Mixer, an event that allows business professionals to offer career counsel, knowledge, and wisdom to those students from local colleges and universities looking to make their career in communications. The mixer took place at The Factory located on Fulton Street in downtown Grand Rapids. Upon arriving to The Factory, members were offered light refreshments and had to opportunity to network with both students and local professionals.
Shortly after, the evening moved on to a ‘bio auction’ where mentors were introduced by Derek DeVries, senior associate at Lambert Edwards & Associates, in game show-style with information from their resume, including current and past professional experiences and hobbies. Mentors came from a variety of backgrounds and sectors of the public relations industry. After the formal introductions students had the opportunity to seek out and talk with a number of professionals according to their personal areas of interest.

Mentors provided a range of advice including tips on how to get an internship, resume advice and other useful strategies to get noticed by employers. Other discussions involved learning what each mentor did and what their typical work environments and social lives looked like. Students attempted to meet with as many mentors as possible in the time allotted. Afterwards, mentees were able to rank who they would like to be their mentor and from their both mentors and mentees would be paired in groups to start the mentor process on a more intimate and beneficial level.

This was an amazing opportunity for GVSU PRSSA to meet and create connections with experienced professionals in the area. PRSSA members gained valuable insight into what the professional world is like and will be able to pair with mentors that hold positions in the industries that interest them and begin the process of learning and growing together.

Written by: Stephanie Kotschevar