The Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program


About the Program

[Executive Mentor]
The Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program is an informal platform allowing students, alumni, and professionals to connect. Participants make their own connections, and there are no formal requirements or time commitments to participate. We strongly recommend that your first meeting take place in person; after that, however, your mentoring relationship can be face to face, via e-mail, or over the phone.

The group is open to all Lubin students seeking career advice or exposure to new career fields from alumni with 5+ years of experience. While the Mentoring Program is not a vehicle to ask for an internship or job, it is a great way to explore career opportunities, build relationships, and expand your Lubin alumni network.

To gain access to the network, join the Lubin School of Business group on LinkedIn. Then, request membership in the Mentoring subgroup. (From the main group, click "More," then "Subgroups.")

If you need assistance, contact Wendy Felton, Social Media Manager at the Lubin School of Business, on LinkedIn or by e-mail.


General Guidelines for Mentors

The Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program is a platform allowing students to connect with seasoned professionals. Participants make their own connections, and there are no formal requirements or time commitments to participate.

How it Works

Before joining the group, please consider what you'd like to offer as a mentor. Professionals often choose to become mentors as a way of giving back, inspiring and shaping the next generation of business leaders.

[Executive Mentor]
You will also want to consider how much time and energy you can commit to your mentee. There are no minimum requirements.

We strongly encourage potential mentees to initiate contact, so please make sure your LinkedIn profile is complete and publicly accessible, and check your LinkedIn account for messages on a regular basis. You may also want to add "Lubin School of Business Mentor" to your LinkedIn profile.

As with hiring, it's important to find the right fit. It's okay to interview your mentee to ensure your professional connection will be mutually beneficial.

The Three Ps of the Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program

  • Patience: We advise mentees to be patient in awaiting a response from you. However, mentors should strive to reply to mentees in a timely manner.
  • Professionalism: Mentees are encouraged to contact only one potential mentor at a time. If you are unable to participate, please let potential mentees know promptly so that they may seek another mentor.
  • Persistence: If it doesn't work out with one mentee, be open to trying again! New members join the group every week.

General Guidelines for Mentees

The Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program is a platform that allows students, alumni, and professionals to connect. Participants make their own connections, and there are no formal requirements or time commitments to participate.

How it Works

[Executive Mentor]
Before joining the group, consider what you are seeking in a mentor. For instance, are you exploring new career fields, and want to consult briefly with a variety of businesspeople? Are you looking to build a long-term relationship with an established professional? Do you prefer e-mail, phone, or face-to-face contact? It's best to have a clear goal to pitch to potential mentors.

As a mentee, you are responsible for initiating contact with potential mentors.

  • Fill in your LinkedIn profile, and make sure it's publicly viewable so that potential mentors can read your profile. Make sure to check LinkedIn for messages on a regular basis.
  • Use the search function in the Lubin Mentoring Program subgroup to search for job titles, companies, or industries that interest you.
  • Consider your potential mentor's profile. What would you like to learn from him or her? What is the best way to sustain a relationship?
  • Contact your potential mentor with a brief, professional message outlining your educational and employment background, your goals, and what you hope to gain from a mentor. Use our sample message (.doc) as a template.

Finding a mentor is like finding a job: it's important to find the right fit. When a mentor responds, it's okay to ask questions about their work experiences, background, and expertise. Be prepared for them to ask the same about you!

The Three Ps of the Lubin School of Business Mentoring Program

  • Patience: Remember that mentors are top professionals who may need to schedule meetings and phone calls weeks in advance.
  • Professionalism: Mentees should contact only one potential mentor at a time. Please do not spam our volunteer mentors.
  • Persistence: If it doesn't work out with one professional, try again! New members join the group every week.

Contact

If you need assistance, contact Wendy Felton, Social Media Manager at the Lubin School of Business, on LinkedIn or by e-mail.


Resources for Participants


For Mentors

Mentoring Interns: Six Factors to Success

7 Tips on Becoming an Entrepreneurial Mentor

Business Mentoring: A Guide for Mentors and Mentees


For Mentees

Youth In The Office: How I Found Career-Changing Mentors

Expand your mentoring network for maximum effect

Management Tip of the Day: Mentees should listen first

13 Tips on Finding a Mentor

How to Find a Business Mentor