Executive Mentorship Program Launched
New university graduates benefit from an experienced professional’s guidance to land that first job, make smart career moves and navigate the business world. To help them achieve success and put their education to work, MNU's Office of Alumni Relations and School of Business launched an Executive Mentor Program this fall.
The program pairs seniors with successful business professionals. Mentors assist students by advising them on interpersonal skills, the job search and networking opportunities. Alumni Relations Director Kevin Garber (’89) says the program is being piloted with the School of Business this year with plans to expand into other disciplines in the future.
“I would have benefitted from having a mentor when I graduated,” Garber says. “I also know the joy of helping others network and achieve their goals. A mentoring program is a win-win for both parties.”
With help from MNU friend Dave Warner, retired executive from Ryan, LLC, Garber assembled an advisory board to help create the program. The board researched other university programs, such as the one at Kansas State, and then tailored the ideas to fit MNU. The program already has more than 50 mentors in place from professions such as banking, finance, advertising, technology and accounting. Professors and program organizers matched students to mentors.
MNU Professor Dr. Yorton Clark thinks the program will help students in their transition to the job market. “This program allows the students to increase their self-confidence and assertiveness by obtaining information and personal support from a proven and qualified professional,” Clark says. “It’s a wonderful platform for developing meaningful relationships. Mentors share valuable advice and the mentees learn things that assist them in a smoother transition into their next stage in life.”
Alum and mentor Steve Miner (’14), a performance operations manager at Ericsson, anticipates a synergistic relationship through the mentoring program.
“We spent just about two hours together talking life, careers, college and growing up,” Miner says. “I am really going to enjoy helping his growth but also learning from him. I think it is an incredible thing MNU is doing for the students. I really hope that the professionals get as much out of it as the students do. It’s a great opportunity to mold the future.”
Mentors should have 10 years of professional business experience, the interest and ability to nurture a student’s professional development and access to a network of professional and personal contacts to draw on as a resource to assist students. A mentor does not have to be an alumnus of MNU.
For more information on the program go to mnu.edu/mentoring, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Alumni Relations at (913) 971-3275.