Stephen Evans is student at Belle Vernon Area High School who likes to play hockey and use computers. As far as his future, that is less clear. While he’s not sure what he wants to do for a career, business definitely is a direction that interests him.
That was enough for him to pick his mentor Nick. Nick Pflugh is the Director of Marketing at Kennametal and has plenty of experience to share with young people. When PA eMentoring was offered to Stephen through his school, he chose to dive in head first.
The result was a successful conversation about careers and the emergence of a concrete career plan.
“My experience with Nick was great,” Stephen says. “Any questions I had he always answered…he answered more than even I ever expected so it was great.”
“I told Stephen that I truly enjoyed our eMentoring relationship. Like many things in life, you get out of it what you put into it. He did a great job being thoughtful about the activities and our communications,” Nick commented on his eMentoring experience.
Stephen worked with Nick through a series of career guidance activities including an interest inventory, career cluster exploration, and an examination of abilities and aptitudes. His teacher, Terrie Wrona, appreciated the attention Stephen put into the program. “Stephen did an excellent job with eMentoring,” She said. “It is gratifying when I have a student that puts forth the effort that Stephen did and gets meaningful information from the experience.”
What emerged with working with Nick was a growing interest in the marketing and advertising field. Eventually Stephen researched a career in advertising and chose a Business Degree from the University of Pittsburgh as his likely post-secondary goal.
The relationship ended with Stephen having a personalized career plan and with Stephen and Nick having a meaningful conversation about careers that extended for 10 weeks.
Their final messages reveal much about why the relationship was important to each of them.
“Thank you so very much for taking your time out of your day to assist me.” Stephen responded. ” I enjoy this program and hope it continues. There is so much that I have learned from you and for that I thank you once again. Not only did I learn a lot from the PA eMentoring program, but i also learned even more from our messages that we shared. Even though I am still in school it is important for me to plan for my future. This program can be the stepping-stones toward my future if I so choose to take advantage of it. Once again thank you.”
“I hope this helps you in your upcoming decisions for after high school.” Nick wrote. ” You absolutely have the right mindset and I am very confident that you will be successful. Stay positive and focused on what you enjoy… and you’ll feel like you’ve never “worked” a day in your life.”