The Real Estate Mentor Program provides students with the unique opportunity to expand their education and learn about the real estate industry from professionals who have experience and expertise in the industry. Each student is partnered with an industry professional to create an ongoing one-on-one relationship.
Student mentees will gain tremendous knowledge of the industry and experience networking with professionals while receiving advice on internship and career decisions. Mentors will have the benefit of working with bright and energetic students, the satisfaction of being a role model, and the opportunity to apply one's professional experience in career advising.
Students meet with their mentors throughout the school year. Pairs are expected to meet, in some capacity, every month. Often, pairs meet for lunch but are encouraged to spend time at their mentors' offices, learning how real estate professionals manage their businesses, serve clients, work with their peers, and contribute to their communities.
Pairs are also encouraged to visit ongoing projects in which their mentors are engaged, attend professional meetings or conferences and network with real estate professionals (an experience that students find most valuable.) Mentors are also encouraged to help students on school projects and case competitions and notify the student about possible job or internship leads or openings. Mentors are not expected to find jobs for the student mentees.
Interested students must fill out an application. The application helps us gauge each student’s experience and area of interest and will also be used during the matching process. The center will then select the best matches, making sure that each qualified student is matched up with a mentor.
Interested mentors must fill out a biographical questionnaire. All prospective mentors are then placed into a candidate pool for consideration of a match with a student mentee. The questionnaire helps us gauge the mentor’s area of expertise and will also be used during the matching process.
The center will then select the best matches, making sure that each qualified student is matched up with a mentor. Mentors who are not matched up from the candidate pool will receive a higher priority for being matched the following year and throughout the school year. They will also still be encouraged to participate in many of the center’s other events, from our speaker series and speaking in our courses to being judges for case competitions and mentors for case competition teams.