Thank you for your interest in the NMU College of Business Mentorship program. Your willingness to share your time and expertise is a valuable service to NMU, the community, and the mentees that you will work with.
As a mentor, you will choose how you share your experiences and insights with your mentee. Here are some guidelines that you may wish to follow to ensure that your mentorship experience is mutually rewarding.
- Set goals and expectations early. The only guideline that all mentors are expected to follow is that the mentor/mentee relationship stay career and academically focused. In conjunction with the student, decide if you want to have regular meetings or communicate with each other as needed. We highly recommend working with the student to develop goals for the experience. Below are goals commonly held by mentors.
Increase exposure to your career field and industry. (What professional associations would you recommend? Are there conferences that they should attend?)
Experience successfully with professionals in their industry or area of interest. (What blogs and publications should they be reading? Are there terms or acronyms that they should know?)
Develop networking skills to establish professional contacts.
Improve professional communication skills.
Resume development. (What elective courses should they take? What extracurricular activities should they be taking part in?)
- Build rapport. Active listening, being responsive to contact attempts, and providing a safe, supportive environment where the mentee feels comfortable asking questions. Be honest, but respectful. Highlight your positive academic and career experiences while making them aware of the struggles.
- Actively engage and recognize mentoring opportunities. Participate in campus sponsored events with your mentee. If appropriate, invite them to shadow you at work. Help them prepare for upcoming interviews and job fairs. Take note of their communication skills and etiquette and be prepared to work with them on it. A positive mentoring relationship is more about the accumulation of many small pieces of useful advice and support than it is about a single, life-changing experience.
Take a look at the Mentor Handbook we have created.