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AHP Makes Significant Changes to Student Mentoring Program

AHP Takes Necessary Strides to Increase Communication and Enable Future Success of the Student Mentoring Program.

South Daytona, FL (October 25, 2006) American Horse Publications (AHP) has revamped their Student Mentoring Program in an effort to better assist students and mentors. The changes created help to clarify responsibilities; enable students to benefit from the program after graduation; provide further means of communication and offer categories of interest between underclassman verses juniors and seniors. These alterations will assist AHP in matching students and mentors, as well as enhance the overall experience for participating members.

The Student Mentoring Program pairs AHP professional members with student members interested in pursuing a career in the equine publishing industry. Efforts are made to match students with a professional in the same geographical area so that face-to-face meetings can be part of the experience. This is especially important for college juniors and seniors, who are getting close to job searching. Mentors can assist these students with resume and portfolio review, job interview preparation, shadowing and job searching advice. Other areas where mentors can be helpful are providing career advice about selecting majors, courses of study and colleges.

New for the 2006-2007 year, AHP has extended their enrollment for college seniors. Student members who are in their senior year may now sign up and participate in the Mentoring program within one year after graduation. As AHP understands the challenges of finding a job and the importance of networking, this program change is an effort to better assist students facing that difficult time and aid in the job search.

Also new for this year, AHP has categorized between college juniors and seniors seeking advice on interviewing, the job search and enhancing their portfolio versus students who may be looking for more general advice such as courses of study, guidance on programs or internships and developing a resume. Using this as a guide, AHP will work to match students and mentors based on the goals they wish to get out of the program.

Another benefit for mentors and students is the option to provide an instant message screen name and cell phone number on the application. This offers further means for communication opportunity and relationship development between the paired members. The guidelines and responsibilities have also been reorganized and clarified in an effort to reduce any confusion. For example, students should note that it is their responsibility to initiate discussion and maintain continued communication. However, mentors should see the added clause that they should take the first step if they do not hear from their student within a month of getting paired up.

AHP is ready to start matching students and equine publishing professionals for the 2006-2007 school year. This program is open to AHP members only. To request an AHP Professional Mentor or Student Enrollment Form, contact Chris Brune at (386) 760-7743 or by e-mail at ahorsepubs@aol.com. To download a form, visit the AHP web site at http://www.americanhorsepubs.org and click on Students, then Student Mentoring, then either Students or Mentors.


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