Information for Students
A professional business mentor provides students with insight about building a career in their area of interest. Mentors can help you keep up to date about changes and advances in their field, show you how the curriculum can benefit your future career, recommend elective courses to take, publications to read, blogs to follow, and select extracurricular activities that will help develop your resume. You should go in knowing that the mentor/mentee relationship is one of give and take. The benefit that you gain from your mentor's knowledge and experience depends on the amount of energy and enthusiasm that YOU bring to the relationship.
Students participating in the NMU College of Business Mentorship Program (mentees) will be expected to follow some simple guidelines to help promote a mutually rewarding experience.
- Make contact with your new mentor within 1 week of being notified of the pairing. You should take responsibility for maintaining the relationship by making regular contact with your mentor. Keep your mentor up to date on your academic progress, employment availability and any shifts in academic or career priorities.
- Be flexible. Some mentors and mentees will meet regularly, others, more sporadically. Be up front about your scheduling restrictions and do your best to be accommodating to your mentor.
- Be proactive and honest. Let your mentor know what you hope to gain from the experience as well as your goals, both personally and professionally. Come into the process with ideas that can help your mentor give the best advice possible and questions that can help guide conversations.
- Be open to new ideas. A mentor is a guide, a listener, a coach, and a friend. They will give you feedback that helps to identify strengths and weaknesses while assisting in the creation of action plans that address areas in need of improvement.
- Be professional and respectful. Mentors have made a commitment of time, wisdom and expertise. They are willing to share their hard earned experiences for your benefit. Although they are professionals who can help you to network, it is not the responsibility of your mentor to take a direct role in job placement. Do not come into the relationship expecting to find a job at your mentor's firm.