Internship and Career Services (ICS) hosted its first annual BLUEMentors Reception at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) on April 14. The reception gave students and mentors a unique opportunity to network with each other in an off campus setting.

BLUEMentors are Butler alumni or employers who are eager to work with students to help them explore the professional world. They help students learn about internships or other career opportunities, provide informational interviews and job shadowing, serve as networking resources and more.

The event started with a brief introduction of the BLUEMentors program and importance of networking. According to Julie Schrader, Manager of Employer Development in the ICS office, “The purpose of the event was to connect students, alumni and mentors in a relaxed environment and reiterate that networking is crucial in today’s challenging job market.”

Senior Arts Administration major Sydney Schulz enjoyed the informal atmosphere of the BLUEMentors Reception. She said, “I thought it took a lot of pressure off knowing that it was a mentor event rather than all possible future employers.”

Students found that connecting with BLUEMentors had a lot of benefits. “The most beneficial aspect of the event was seeing how the mentors were passionate about still staying connected with Butler,” said senior Communication Studies major Stephanie Tutterow. “It confirmed that even after graduation, there is still a group of people who are willing to help you and give career advice.”

The BLUEMentors Reception was not only a networking event, but a learning experience as well. “I learned that a career path is never straight,” said Tutterow. “Each mentor encouraged us to keep our end goal in mind and not to be afraid to take a career and grow as much as you can from it.”

Guests at the event had the opportunity to make connections in the IMA fountain room and also enjoy the lovely weather on the patio. Because the museum is open late on Thursdays, participants had the opportunity to explore the museum and its many exhibits upon the conclusion of the event.

For more information on how you can connect with BLUEMentors, visit B.L.U.E. and click on the “BLUEMentors” tab.

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