Individual Mentoring

Program Structure:
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,