Student-Alumni Mentoring Program

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

 

Group Mentoring

1st Year FTMBA Students

The mentor will host a group of 3-4 1st year FTMBA students at their place of business.  These on-site visits allow the students to explore different companies and industries to aid in focusing in on their future career path.  Possible outline of visit:

  • 2-3 hours in length
  • Company tour
  • Lunch with company executives
  • Discussion of career paths within the industry or company
  • Q&A from the students

A group mentoring opportunity occurs one time during the academic year.  This provides students the option to attend more than one group mentoring session in order to explore multiple companies and industries.   

 

Individual Mentoring

2nd Year FTMBA Students, 1st Year MBAP Students, 2nd Year MBAP Students

The second year FTMBA and MBAP student and alumni mentor relationship is a one-on-one experience.  At this point in the student's life cycle, they have most likely honed in on their career interests and can be more strategically matched with an alumni mentor.  Mentor and student will be permitted to set their own meeting schedule.  However, four meetings of some sort (e.g. in person, Skype, phone) will be encouraged.  Possible discussion points throughout relationship:

  • Transition from MBA into the work force
  • Industry experiences
  • Company experiences
  • Juggling family and work
  • Job search strategies

 

PROGRAM EXPECTATIONS

The list below provides top-level expectations for both students and mentors.  Keep in mind that expectations will differ depending on if you are participating in the group or individual mentoring program.  Additionally, the mentoring programs are not designed to find jobs for students.  Mentoring is mean to help enhance and build student's networking skills while providing them with valuable feedback and advice.

 

For Students:

  • Enhance and influence your career strategy
  • Deepen your knowledge of an industry or job function, including trends
  • Seek advice and insight from a real world professional
  • Receive and accept advice and feedback constructively
  • Sharpen listening skills
  • Enhance professional effectiveness
  • Gain skills in networking
  • Cultivate a deeper connection between the Jones School and mentor
  • Express appreciation to your mentor regularly

 

For Mentors:

  • Communicate your expectations of the mentee clearly 
  • Create an environment of open communication and active listening
  • Share knowledge about your education, career path, successes and failures and what your experience has taught you
  • Look for opportunities that your mentee should explore and encourage him/her
  • Assist your mentee in conducting successful networking
  • Gain experience in coaching and advising 
  • Deepen knowledge of the current students, school community, and academic programs
  • Increase the value of your Rice MBA by investing in future alumni

MENTOR PROGRAM TIMELINE

July-September   Mentor application opens and outreach occurs
August   Student application opens
September 13   Student applications due
September 18-19   Mentor matching occurs
September 20   Mentor matches are communicated
October – April   One-on-one mentoring sessions
November – April   On-site visits (1st year full-time MBA students)

 

Contact: Jenn Hartley, jennifer.hartley@rice.edu