Mentorship Opportunities for Students and Alumni
When learning to navigate the complex world of global business, everyone could use a little guidance. Our mentorship programs connect students with business executives (often WFU alumni) for a mutually enriching experience. Our mission is to make mentorship a prominent and valued feature of the Wake Forest School of Business community. In each Wake Forest mentorship program, mentors use their hard-earned experience to guide students toward the kind of leadership that maintains Wake Forest University’s honorable reputation in the business community, all while keeping their fingers on the pulse of scholarship and campus life. Mentees learn how to develop their careers from a seasoned executive who teaches from a position of practical experience and proven success, forging an enriching bond across generations. Please review the Executive Partner Mentorship Program (EPMP) information below to learn more about mentorship opportunities. Currently, the mentorship program is available to Full-time MBA, MA in Management and Charlotte Working Professional MBA students. Get involved by helping us mentor students.
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Executive Partners Program Overview
Mentor Students Program Objectives
Mentors in the program will help students to:
- Understand how to be successful in the world of work, identify corporate characteristics, gain political acumen and improve their professional skills and competencies
- Explore and clarify their career goals including career interest, industry and company preferences
- Know how to develop and maintain professional and mutually beneficial work relationships
- Understand how to seek information, advice, ideas and career advancement support through their professional networking contacts
- Gain the confidence to seek and request mentorship relationships throughout their professional career path
Mentor Students Program Structure
Executive Partner staff will meet and communicate with mentors regularly to structure and contextualize a program that is developed on the mentor’s strengths and the student’s needs.
- Mentor and student are required to meet a minimum of once per month with intermittent email and phone communications regarding personal and/or career path goals, student needs and concerns.
- Meeting schedule is provided to ease conversations and help establish learning objectives for the relationship.
- Mentor and student will set and perform agreed upon responsibilities and relationship expectations.
- Student is encouraged to conduct information interviews (including all business functions, i.e., finance, marketing, management, HR, operations) and job shadowing experiences under the tutelage of the mentor in order to learn more about the world of work, career path options and corporate cultures.
- Mentor will be required to attend a workshop with their mentee and provide social opportunities with student.
Mentor’s Role and Responsibilities
- Serve as a wise and trusted advisor, learning broker and counselor
- Engage student and encourage them to contact you regarding dilemmas or problems
- Help student gain confidence, clarify goals and develop effective networking skills
- Give timely, supportive and constructive feedback and help them improve their competencies including critical thinking, ethical decision making, interpersonal relations, teamwork and leadership skills
- Be a professional role model allowing your student to observe and interact with you in order to understand how to become a productive, effective and respected employee and leader
- Give periodic evaluations of student’s professional and career development progress
Student’s Role and Responsibilities
- Drive the relationship – ask for meetings on a monthly basis at a minimum
- Seek advice from mentor and be receptive to constructive feedback about career path decisions, skills competency development and professional development plans
- Be responsible, respectful, dependable and committed to building a productive mentoring relationship
- Be motivated and proactive in clarifying your career goals, improving your work competencies and developing networking contacts
- Providing feedback to Mentorship Program staff
Best Practices: Ideas for Mentors
- Job Shadow: Structure meetings for your student to sit with management in each department. Your student will be familiar with the operations of the company by the end of the year. Debrief with the student once all meetings are completed.
- Talk: There is much to be learned from your success as well as failures. Sharing your experiences is good practice for the student in terms of listening.
- Meet at recreational venues: Establish a relationship that expands outside the four walls of the company.
- Team Meetings: Attending meetings in the corporate setting is vital to the development of the students’ understanding of corporate civility, managerial responsibility, and teamwork.
- Network: Introduce your student to key people internally and externally and allow them to establish rapport and learn how to develop professional relationships.
- Interview: Allow the student to sit on an interview as well as conduct mock interviews with you and other managers.
- Informational Interviews: Encourage the student to develop questions in order to interview individuals within the company from entry level to CEO.