The Pace Path
internship at Maier Markey & Justic LLP, and her current internship at Big Four accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers. Singh has also found success in using Career Services for seeking professional advisers and attending skills workshops.
In addition to the advisers available through Career Services, the Pace Path provides mentorship opportunities for all students. “This is a great networking opportunity to take advantage of, since the mentor is someone in the workforce who has been in [a student’s] field of study for a number of years,” says Singh. “There are so many advisers willing to mentor you.” Mentoring begins with the freshman UNV 101 class, where the instructor is the student’s adviser for that year. Singh has worked with several advisers during her time at Pace, including her UNV 101 Professor Janelle Gendrano and her academic adviser Kellynn Anastasi, who has guided her on required courses for graduation. And just as the Pace Path promotes, Singh has also sought out her own mentors, such as Mezzio, who advised her through Beta Alpha Psi. “The main focus of the mentorship program is to help students succeed,” says Singh. “Advisers are always so open to answering questions or addressing concerns. They’re on top of your studies and activities, and always remember your personal story, even though there are so many students.” Singh credits Beta Alpha Psi and Mezzio with helping her further her early career success. “I’ve attended lecture series in which a professional discusses career development, and learned resume-building tips,” she says. According to Singh, a mentor like Mezzio is an essential part of successful learning.
Another essential component of the Pace Path is the alumni mentorship program, in which students are paired with Pace alumni mentors. One such mentor is Ashu Rathor, a
partner at EY (Ernst & Young LLP) and Lubin board member, who is currently working with two students who selected him to be their mentor. “Our first interaction was at the kickoff meeting, where they learned about my story and background, and shared their own enthusiasm and interest in business,” says Rathor. From there, mentors like Rathor provide advice on career preparation, such as mock interviews, resume review, picking a major, and deciding which companies to apply for both during college and after graduation. “It’s a lifelong relationship for me, even though the mentorship ends once they’ve found work,” he says. Rathor meets with his mentees every so often to provide input on any issues students are having at work, as well as to help them know the best way to interact with coworkers. Rathor says the mentorship is just as valuable to him as it is to the students. “What I’m doing not only impacts the economy and business world, but more, ‘I’m able to shape a young person’s life,’” he says. “There are
things I didn’t know at their age, and I’m able to share my lesson to help students.”
Paving a Complete Path
While the Pace Path is still taking shape as students like Singh advance along, it continues to gain momentum. Through the program, all undergraduate students attending Pace are given a unique opportunity to hone their workplace skills, even before they officially enter the workplace. “There is no other university doing what we’re doing, and this program is unique to Pace,” says Evans. But the proof is in the pudding, and as a student who’s ventured along the Pace Path herself, Singh echoes that sentiment. “Becoming active on campus allowed me to learn how to lead teams and work with others,” she says. “The reality of the workplace is that employers use all sorts of teams, and seek college graduates who have experience working in and leading teams, which Pace has prepared me for.”
The Pace Path at a Glance FRESHMAN YEAR: • The Pace Path begins in UNV 101, a onecredit course that focuses on the student’s transition to college life. • In UNV 101, students develop their customized four-year plan that establishes personal, academic, and professional goals. • Students can begin engaging in the Pace Path Personal and Professional Development (4PD) series in the spring.
JUNIOR YEAR: •C oaches and mentors continue to be faculty and advisers, or undergraduate seniors, graduate students, alumni, work or intern supervisors, and/or alumni. • Students are encouraged to choose coaches and mentors outside of the Pace Community in order to have exposure to external perspectives. • By the end of junior year, students will select coaches and mentors.
SOPHOMORE YEAR: • With the assistance of advisers, students select and participate in Pace Path activities tailored to their individual four-year plans. • Students begin to work with coaches and mentors identified by professional and faculty advisers.
SENIOR YEAR: •B y senior year, students in most majors should be connected to coaches and mentors who do professional work in their chosen fields. • Many majors incorporate the Pace Path into the curriculum in the form of a capstone project, such as a research project, internship/clinical experience, or practical application.
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