Alumni InformationPage address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/advisingu/programs/almuniinformation.html
Mentors can have a significant impact on the professional development of a student. First, a mentor can introduce students to professional experiences beyond the classroom. Second, a mentor may offer advice on how to respond to a variety of professional challenges. Third, mentors can better prepare students for entry into the workplace by introducing them to topics that include marketing of skills, networking, leadership, understanding the economic realities of the profession, work/life balance, time management skills, ethics, and service to others.
While there is room for variety in the way each mentor reaches out to his or her student, we ask all mentors to consider how individual program activities relate to program objectives including:
- Promotion of the highest level of professionalism for students and mentors
- Providing students with an experience within their major field of study, but also the diverse spectrum of work they will do
- Creating opportunities for students to engage in conversations with mentors, and peers about professionalism, their chosen profession, and what they are observing and learning through their mentor experience
Mentors who are matched in this program are expected to meet with their mentor regularly, work with their mentor on a variety of exercises, and interact on a variety of topics and discussions related to professional interests. We do require that all our mentors be an alumnus from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
To review all the expectations of a mentor, view the Mentorship Program Handbook.
To learn more about being a mentor, fill out the Alumni/Mentor Interest Form and email that form to the Mentorship Committee. A member of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Advisory Board will be in contact with you to discuss your interest.