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Guidelines

mentor01.jpgEach semester, students enrolled in MGT 3990 Strategic Management are matched with mentors (two or three students per mentor) based on their area of professional interest (Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing, Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship).

The program begins early in the semester with a "Meet and Greet" luncheon event held on campus. Students and mentors get to know each other and exchange contact information by exchanging business cards. The groups are then encouraged to meet and begin interacting on a professional level over the course of the semester.

Mentors and students are expected to meet at least twice during the semester to talk, ask questions, share advice and more. These meetings are to be established by the mentor and students on their own time and based on their own personal schedules.

Some suggested activities are:

  • Tour of mentor business
  • On the job shadowing (recommended activity)
  • Mentors attend a Business class with their students (students need to request faculty permission first)
  • Attend a cultural or sporting event together (a listing of Catawba College events for the semester is on the Catawba College website; complimentary tickets available)
  • Lunch, dinner, other outings
  • Mentors invite students to attend Civitan, Rotary, other civic organization meeting
  • Mock Interview and Resume Review
  • At the end of the semester, a closing breakfast or luncheon will be held to share experiences and complete program evaluations.

The Role of the Student

  • Ask for advice, guidance
  • Be open to share your ideas and open to accept your mentor's feedback
  • Bring questions to your mentor
  • Be proactive
  • Follow through on any action plans that are developed by you and your mentor
  • Actively pursue your goals — be goal-oriented
  • Seek out your mentor…don't wait for him/her to contact you
  • Proactively maintain close contact and encourage open communication
  • Seek to develop career finding, networking, and resume building skills
  • Be open to developing your knowledge and understanding of business
  • Work to apply classroom education/knowledge to the practical business world
  • Be introspective — try to understand yourself, your goals, your motivations
  • Maintain privacy/confidentiality

Responsibilities of the Student

              For the mentor program to succeed, both students and mentors alike must commit to establishing a partnership based on open communications and productive and proactive interaction. This requires the following:

  • Actively seek out the mentor for advice.
  • You should keep in contact using face-to face meetings, email, telephone, or texting.
  • Establish a meeting time early on.
  • Dedicate (minimum) of 10-12 hours per semester for meeting and communication with your mentor (includes orientation and final luncheon).
  • You represent the Ketner School of Business and Catawba College and our expectations are that you will:
    • Dress appropriately;
    • Be punctual — always on time;
    • Be prepared — always for each meeting;
    • Be respectful — to all you encounter; and
    • Be gracious — let people know you appreciate the time and interest in you.

The Role of the Mentor

  • Build confidence
  • Role model
  • Coach
  • Share experiences as learning tools
  • Encourage professionalism
  • Proactively maintain contact and encourage open communication
  • Help problem solve
  • Facilitate career planning and development skills (targeting, networking, resume building).
  • Help the student externalize classroom education
  • Encourage introspection
  • Facilitate goal-setting and being goal-oriented
  • Maintain privacy/confidentiality

Responsibilities of the Mentor

  • Be available, as schedules permit, to work with the student.
  • Mentors and students are expected to meet at least twice during the semester to talk, ask questions, share advice and more. These meetings are to be established by the mentor and students on their own time and based on their own personal schedules.
  • You should keep in contact using face-to face meetings, email, telephone, or texting.
  • Establish a meeting time early on.
  • Allocate 10-12 hours per student per semester including orientation and final luncheon.
  • Actively listen to the student and provide guidance.