Prospective Student Mentees
"Thank you for giving me this opportunity! I am so thankful that I was matched - my mentor was responsive, friendly, willing to share his experiences, and a huge fan of KU. It was helpful and intriguing to hear about his success in public accounting and his opportunities to work abroad since I hope to use my foreign language skills to work abroad in accounting myself. I could not have asked for a better mentor!" --Kelsey, Class of 2015
General Information and Student Expectations:
Currently, students and professionals are matched once a year in the fall semester, usually mid-October. If several matches are possible, selected mentees also have the option of being matched to more than one mentor. While the Mentorship Program has no year or time limit, students are welcome to re-apply each year to receive a new mentor, and each fall mentors may be matched with a new student mentee. Please note that a match is not always possible, and that a student may not be selected to be a mentee if a suitable match is not found. The program coordinator will conduct follow-up emails and send online evaluation surveys to program participants following the matching process. The results of the evaluation survey will be used to assess and improve the Mentorship Program.
There will be an expectation for both individuals to engage each other on a regular basis to ensure the relationship grows and benefits both the student and the professional. It is the responsibility of the mentee to initiate the conversation and reach out to the mentor. As mentoring relationships can take many forms, we encourage mentors and mentees to develop a communication strategy that best fits the relationship. This being said, we expect that students and mentors will be in touch as least every 6 weeks via email, phone, Skype, Google Hangouts or meeting in-person.
Mentees should be aware that their mentor may not be located in the Lawrence/Kansas City area. The student mentee's geographic preference after graduation is taken into consideration during the matching process to help facilitate networking and provide the student with support if and when they decide to move to their desired geographic location after their time at KU.
Benefits of Having a Mentor:
The benefits for a student involved in a mentoring relationship can often be immeasurable. The opportunity to gain professional insights via a formal and organized structure is valuable, but students may also be surprised to learn of the potential for personal development as well. Strong mentoring relationships can offer many benefits and below is a list of just a few of the ways mentors can impact a student. Research has found that mentoring relationships can be significant factors in positive career development and satisfaction, and are key to exploring career opportunities.
- Benefit from their knowledge, experiences, and wisdom
- Access their valuable academic, career, and personal contacts
- Develop curiosity and confidence by being presented with new ideas, opportunities, and challenges
- Grow and achieve by being offered an open and supportive environment
- Explore talents and interests that will assist with reaching academic, career, and personal goals
- Gain a role model that is committed your development
- Acquire organizational knowledge of your mentor’s employer, associated companies, and industry
All students enrolled in Business programs are eligible for the School of Business Mentorship Program. Pre-Business students and students with a Business minor are also eligible to apply if their career goals are business-related. This program is most appropriate for students with a year or more left in their education at the University of Kansas, as we hope to foster a long-term relationship between student and mentor.
How to Get Involved:
Students within the KU School of Business that are interested in participating in this program