We are excited to launch a mentoring program in support of our graduate management students during their studies at The College of St. Scholastica.
The ideas, encouragement, contacts and support offered by mentors can have a profound impact on the personal and professional career aspirations of our graduate students in management. It's a mutually rewarding experience and mentors often comment on the level of satisfaction they derive from giving back through mentoring and having a positive impact on the next generation of leaders in business and the community.
— Randy Zimmermann, Graduate Programs Chair
Students in the MBA and Master's in Management programs will be matched with a mentor based on their expressed professional areas of interest and personal development goals. Mentors will be alumni and other community members with experience in the field of business.
Qualifications of a Mentor
Prospective mentors should have the following characteristics:
- An established career and a credible background in business
- A leadership role within their organization
- Active participation within their professional community (i.e. professional associations, conferences, publications, etc.)
- High interest in contributing to the development of future professional leaders.
Attributes of Mentees
Characteristics of the mentees will be:
- Within the first year of the CSS Master's in Management or MBA Program
- Have completed the Professional Effectiveness Seminar, which informs the student of how to maximize their mentor experience
- Have clear professional objectives
- Have an understanding and respect for the volunteer mentors' valuable time
Commitment of a Mentor
To meet the expectations of the mentoring program, mentors will:
- Strive to remain accessible to mentees
- Communicate clear expectations of when and how interaction will be achieved
- Help the mentee to achieve goals by accessing resources and building professional networks
- Be willing to mentor up to three students for about 6 hours per student over a 9-month period
St. Scholastica's Commitment
The staff of the graduate management program will provide:
- Orientation and support to mentors and mentees
- An appropriate matching of students and mentors based on interests and personal attributes
- Modest financial support to mentors in recognition of their time, as well as any out-of-pocket expenses incurred
- Availability for feedback and coaching for issues that arise