Ernest Janssen

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Ernest Janssen



Current Position:
Fuel Broker/Owner (Retired)
Colts Neck, NJ


Q: What are some of the topics you talk about?

We interact on a number of different levels. He and I have met a couple of times, when I’m up at the university, and since he lives in New Jersey, we’ve hung out on a number of occasions more locally. As a mentor, I feel I need to provide him with time to attend to his studies, and I make myself available when he needs me.

Q: Do you find it difficult to find common ground due to a generation difference?

I always say to my student that we should take note of the generational difference and I’ll help as much as possible. However, let’s be honest on where we miscommunicate.

The goal of every young student is to attain help in acquiring gainful employment, so I provide tips on the workforce because I can relate to those looking for work

Q: What motivated you to become a mentor?

When I was introduced to the mentor program, I was very busy, however, it was a program that I would be able to work with. I’ve always felt strongly about giving back to Penn State, and this was a fulfilling way to do so.

Q: What do you feel a mentor should be expected to do?

We have the expertise and experience in particular fields that young people may not get in general, and we can tell about the real business and professional environment to help them prepare for their entry into the workforce.


Q: What is most fulfilling about your mentor/mentee relationship?

I would say the continuation of the relationship once they graduate and hearing when they succeed in their endeavors are most fulfilling. I have a number of mentees I stay in touch with and I am happy to hear how things are going for them.

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