First-Gen Career Mentor Program

Who is First-Gen? 

First-generation students are students whose parents did not complete a four-year college degree. A first-generation student may also be a student whose parents completed a four-year college degree outside of the United States.

Program Purpose

Research demonstrates that many first-gen students may lack the professional network and mentors that could assist them in their academic and professional pursuits. We also recognize that first-gen students have the potential to market themselves as unique and well-qualified applicants in the job and graduate school search process and throughout their career journey. 

The purpose of this program is to create meaningful, career-focused relationships that assist students in reaching their career potential, by pairing first-gen LSU students (mentees) with first-gen professionals (mentors).

Participants will engage in a four-part virtual workshop series designed to introduce the idea of career readiness, build their professional skills, connect them to mentors, and prepare them for success in their careers. 

Mentee and Mentor Information

Application Process

Applications for the Spring 2022 cohort are available until December 10, 2021 and can be accessed below:

2021-22 Cohort Expectations & Time Commitments

  • Attend the following sessions:
    • Student Kickoff Meeting: Thursday, January 20, 2022 (in-person)
    • Student & Mentor Monthly Workshop: Wednesday, January 26, 2022 (virtual)
    • Student & Mentor Monthly Workshop: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 (virtual)
    • Student & Mentor Monthly Workshop: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (virtual)
    • Student & Mentor Monthly Workshop: Wednesday, April 20, 2022 (virtual)
  • Must be in communication with mentor and OCC if scheduling conflict arises

Program Resources