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juniors and seniors with alumni who’ve spent some time in the business world and are willing to share what they’ve learned.


Insight on a career Steve Devlin, a 1998


Roanoke College graduate, was hesitant when Lee suggested he become a mentor, but he relented. “I guess, as we talked about it more, it kind of hit me that these kids are coming out of school without a good idea of what the world is like,” Devlin says.


He also thought about how


great it would have been if some- one had done this for him, how much time he would have saved in developing his career. Ultimately, Devlin became a mentor to Luke McCollester, a sophomore from Rochester, Mass., who came to the college as an athletic training major. McCollester says his first


biology class convinced him he’s not a science person but he has


Photos by Don Petersen


always liked math. Now he wants to get an MBA, become a CPA and go into wealth management. “Maybe open my own business,” McCollester says. “I’ve always been interested in being an entrepreneur.” McCollester’s time with


Devlin has given him some insight into what that business is like. Devlin and five other people — one of whom is also a Roanoke College graduate — founded Market Square Advisors more than three years ago. The wealth management company contracts with Freedom First Credit Union as well as serving its own clients. Roanoke College suggests


that mentors meet with students at least two or three times a semester. Lee says ideally that would include an introduction session, a mock interview, job shadowing and possibly an internship. With Devlin and McCol-


lester, the process began with a meeting at Mac & Bob’s (a


restaurant owned by a Roanoke College graduate). “We just went and grabbed a long lunch, and we just chatted,” Devlin says. “We just kind of went with the flow. “ “We kind of hit it off really


well,” McCollester says. Devlin didn’t want to do things halfway, McCollester says. They discussed ways McCollester could use the skills he developed during a mar- keting and web design internship last summer to work on a project for Market Square Advisors. McCollester says he shad-


owed Devlin, watching how he dealt with clients with very differ- ent concerns. The company deals in wealth management, McColles- ter says, but Devlin showed him, “You’re in the people-helping business.” Since that first meeting,


McCollester says, he and Devlin have communicated almost weekly, and McCollester expects that will continue. “I definitely think Steve and I will keep this relationship going,” McCollester says.


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Steve Devlin (left), a fi nancial adviser, has served as a mentor to student Luke McCollester, who is interested in the wealth management business.


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