Why should you have a mentor?
Having a mentor will help you learn about an industry and/or organization by talking to a professional from that market; gain insight into the day-to-day work of an industry expert; explore specific corporate career paths through speaking with a leader who has firsthand experience; have a confidante you can speak with; receive guidance, advice, and encouragement on balancing work with family; gain access to networking opportunities through business events; and further teach the relevance of your MBA curriculum through real-world business scenarios and applications.
The program is designed to be flexible and adaptable to meet the needs, and fit within the schedules, of the participants. A mentor and mentee will work together to define the scope of their relationship. For instance, some participants may determine it is best to talk on a regular basis, while others may decide more informal contact is better. The main goal is to create a mutually beneficial relationship for both parties. The mentor and mentee determine the frequency of meetings, means of communication, mentoring activities, as well as the mentee’s goal for the relationship.
The Mentee should be willing to:
- Initiate contact with the designated mentor
- Learn about specific jobs, career paths, corporate cultures, and industries
- Receive advice related to their career path
- Accept positive and constructive feedback
- Communicate with their mentor on a regular basis
- Be realistic about the expectations of their mentor and understand, plan and set an agenda for each meeting
- Explore the opportunities presented by their mentor
- Build trust and respect by being open and honest, listen, talk through situations, and ask clarifying questions
- Maintain confidentiality in all matters disclosed during mentoring sessions
- Improve daily on the professional experience and recommendations of their mentor
To enhance the relationship with a mentor, students will be expected to invite their mentor to campus for open executive lectures and other events; receive feedback; and understand that trust and confidentiality is required.