This page is a resource for business professionals who are interested in being mentors for the EU Department of Business and Economics’ Student Mentoring Program.
Eligibility Requirements for the Mentor
While there are no minimum experience requirements for business professionals to participate as mentors in the Student Mentoring Program, it is expected that all mentors will have some professional work experience in a business, social service or professional organization, or government entity. The success of the program relies on the ability of the student to gain knowledge from the professional experience of his or her mentor.
Since the number of eligible students and available mentors may fluctuate from one year to the next, there is no guarantee that a mentor will be assigned to student mentees in a given year. Your commitment as a mentor is for a one-year period (September to May) and is renewable for future years at your discretion. You may also indicate the number of students that you wish to mentor in a given year, with the maximum being three. A criminal background check or other professional recommendation may be required for some applicants at the discretion of the Dean of the School of Business.
A completed Mentor Application Form is required and the process for application is discussed at the bottom of this page.
Roles and Responsibilities of the Mentor
- Assist with the personal and professional development of the student.
- Assist the student in defining his/her professional interests and educational goals.
- Share knowledge and interact with the student on issues related to his/her career or field on a regular basis.
- Provide networking opportunities between the student and other leaders and practitioners in the business field.
- Discuss possible career paths—yours as well as those of colleagues and others who you may know.
- Help the student develop a tentative plan to achieve his/her goals, including possible barriers and ways to overcome them.
- Other activities may include some combination of the following: provide job shadowing experiences, review position descriptions in the student’s area of interest, conduct mock job interviews, review the student’s résumé and cover letters, invite the student to strategy meetings, provide tours of relevant facilities and provide opportunities for students to interact with other professionals.
- Discuss the student’s goals for participating in the mentoring program.
- Discuss the student’s plans for the future.
- Ask the student about his/her interest in Edinboro University and in business as a field of study.
- Discuss your first job out of college and how your career developed since that time.
- Discuss your current position—what you like, what is challenging, etc.
Some Suggested Activities
- Allow the student to job shadow you or a relevant colleague through a typical morning or day.
- Allow the student to perform informational interviews with other colleagues or contacts.
- Allow the student to provide input on a project or presentation you are working on.
- Hold a joint meeting with another mentor and his/her students.
- If you are unable to meet face-to-face, consider scheduling a chat time via the internet (e.g., Skype).
- Invite the student to accompany you on visits to your company’s facilities.
- Invite the student to attend orientations or training sessions at your workplace.
- Invite the student to attend professional association gatherings as your guest.
- Invite the student to relevant seminars or events that you can attend together.
- Offer feedback on the student’s résumé.
- Provide interviewing tips and participate in a mock interview.
- Share professional literature (e.g., magazines, articles) and websites.
- Assist the student in developing his/her own personal network of professional contacts.
- Be clear about purpose and boundaries.
- Develop a communication strategy for your relationship.
- Get to know the student as a person to help communicate your genuine interest in his/her goals.
- Make a list of things that you would have wanted to know when you were in the position of the student you will be mentoring. The list should include information about yourself (as the mentor), about the organization you work for and your position there, and expectations concerning the mentor-student relationship.
- Make an effort to be available to your student at least once per month.
- Offer to serve as a position reference (if you are comfortable with this).
- Provide honest feedback to your student to assist in his/her development.
- Share your specific expectations for the mentoring relationship.
Mentor Application Process
Mentor applications are accepted throughout the year, but must be received by July 31, 2016, in order to be fully considered for mentor assignment during the following academic year.
Mentors must complete the online Mentor Application Form. Mentoring requires a time commitment to our students, so mentors should consider their ability to meet this time requirement prior to submitting an application. Mentors may remove themselves from active consideration at any time, but it is strongly suggested that a mentor complete obligations with current students within a given academic year.
Mentor-student matches will be announced in August for that academic year (September to May).
For additional information or inquiries, please contact the Office of the Dean, School of Business, at (814) 732-2460, or SchoolofBusiness@edinboro.edu.