May 25th, 2012 - No Comments
We get a lot of questions from prospective MBA applicants about alumni mentoring here in the Penn State Smeal MBA Program. It seems most individuals interested in business are aware of the benefits of having a mentor, especially when they are in graduate school. That relationship is one people look forward to having, and one that people expect to be facilitated in an MBA Program. What seems to be lacking some of the time, is the understanding that a mentor/mentee relationship is one that needs to be nurtured, worked on and prioritized. A true mentor is someone who knows you well. A mentor needs to understand your history, your goals, and your value system. Often the connection in this type of relationship is made based on at least one of those three things. Thus, it takes an investment of time and energy to build a successful relationship with a mentor. Meeting with an appointed person and discussing your resume do not immediately entitle either party to the benefits of a mentor/mentee relationship. An atmosphere of coaching, feedback and networking usually builds over time. Thus my recommendation to anyone out there looking for a mentor, but especially to those working on your MBA, is to dedicate some time and energy into building a great relationship with at least one mentor. The benefits will be numerous if you dedicate yourself to the opportunity.
-Ann MallisonUncategorized. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.