A main objective for the KU Business Mentoring Program is to provide a forum for mentors to share their knowledge and life experiences with KU Business students. This is a wonderful opportunity for B-School alumni and friends of the University to become involved and “give back”! As a formal mentor, you can provide valuable first-hand insight and advice, and it always means more coming from someone who has “been there!”
As a mentor, you are a valuable resource to your mentee and can inspire and facilitate career and personal achievements. The developmental transitions students face in each of these areas are enriched by your experience, wisdom, and guidance. Responsibilities of a mentor can include:
- Providing career direction and insight to students
- Acting as a professional resource to students
- Facilitating networking by introducing your mentee to professional contacts
- Sharing knowledge and experiences
- Serving as a coach and advocate for the mentee
- Being a positive role model
Relationships developed with your mentee become channels for the passage of information, advice, challenges, opportunities, and support, with the ultimate goals of facilitating achievement and having fun. How is this accomplished? There are probably as many mentoring styles as there are personality types, and no one can be everything to one person. The challenge and fun of mentoring is developing your own personal style for sharing the special strengths and skills you have to offer.
Time Commitment and Communication Expectations:
The amount of time given to this program by the mentor can depend on the mentorship. Involvement can range from a quick discussion over email to an in-person visit to the mentor’s company or organization. As mentoring relationships can take many forms, we encourage mentors and mentees to develop a communication and engagement 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. Selected mentees have been instructed to communicate professionally and in a timely manner. Mentoring pairs are formally matched in our system for 9 months. We hope that it will last throughout the student’s college career, but we also know student career goals can change over time and so if appropriate, the relationship can cease at any time you both feel is right.
This program is open to any Alumni from the University of Kansas, as well as any other professionals that are looking for an opportunity to connect with KU and provide assistance to our Business students. We accept mentors from all levels of career, no matter the levels or years of experience. Our program also includes mentors who are located not only in the local Lawrence/Kansas City area, but from across the nation and even abroad! E-mentoring over email, phone, video chat, text message, or social media is very common, and welcomed!
How to Get Involved:
Professionals that are interested in becoming mentors can fill out a profile online. This program is open to any alumni from the University of Kansas, as well as any other professionals that are looking for an opportunity to connect with KU and provide assistance to our business students. We accept mentors from all levels of career, no matter the levels or years of experience.