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Fresh Careers

Career Mentor Application

What does a Career Mentor do?
Students in the Fresh Careers program will be paired* with a Career Mentor, an industry professional who will be a resource for students throughout their time at the IDDBA show. Mentors are encouraged to continue being industry resources for students after the show.
  • Career Mentors should:
    • Complete the Career Mentor Application
    • MUST attend the kickoff meeting the evening of Saturday, June 3, 2023
    • Be available for at least one hour at a time during the show to walk the floor with students; preferably for longer, extended periods

IDDBA’s objective is to expose students to opportunities in the food industry, specifically dairy, deli, and bakery. Mentors should provide students with a beneficial experience to further students’ knowledge, understanding, and interest in our industry. Below are some conversation starters for your time together.

  • Discuss career paths
  • Introduce students to contacts in the industry
  • Describe business-to-business relationships
  • Let them observe a face-to-face meeting
  • Share what you’ve learned from your personal trade show and career experiences
  • Discuss products on display and industry trends

*IDDBA does our best to match students and mentors based on shared interests.

Application period is closed!