Become a Mentor

A lot of people have gone further than they thought they could
because someone else thought they could. ~ Unknown

Thank you for your interest in the Sellinger Mentoring Program. Hopefully, the relationships you build will be reciprocal in that you will also gain from the positive experience you have as a coach and role model to your student mentees. This is your chance to advise and impact the next generation of business leaders by contributing to their personal and professional development. Your available time and the student’s level of need drive the design and structure of the program. That’s why first and foremost, mentors and mentees should set clear expectations with each other and know what they hope to gain from the relationship.

Interested in guiding the next generation of business leaders? Complete the Mentor Application to apply.

For more information on mentoring, please review the Business Mentor Guide (PDF).

What makes a mentoring relationship successful and mutually beneficial? 

Suggestions for Executive Mentors:

  • Find out about the student. Do research, request resumes, and bring open-ended questions with you that may give you a sense of the student with whom you will be meeting.
  • Prepare a case or bring in real clients. Anything you can do to give students a window on a real-life business situation will increase the impact of the visit.
  • Invite other executives. Bringing in a partner, colleague, boss or client for an informational interview can give students more professional exposure and enrich the experience.
  • Share your personal stories. Students are deeply interested in you and your career aspirations, not just companies and industries. Discuss your struggles and successes with each other.
  • Tell them how their degree can help them. How are Sellinger graduates employed in your company and industry? What career paths are available? Share what you know or bring in other grads to talk about their work.
  • Give them a tour. A quick tour of your facility is one way of giving students an inside view of your company.  Briefly introducing colleagues you see along the way also gives students more exposure to professional interactions.
  • Leave time for Q&A. Students usually have a lot of questions, so allow time at the end of each visit for a Q&A session or invite students to follow up later should more questions arise.
  • Be flexible. Communicating via email is easy and convenient, but sometimes offering to meet for coffee, giving students advice over the phone, or volunteering to complete a project with the student can show your level of commitment to their development.