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Corporate Mentor Program

In addition to learning theories and best practices through the classroom experience, it is important that MBA students receive practical guidance and expertise, as they navigate through industries, career choices, and business culture in general.

We recognize that some of the best teachers to help provide guidance and expertise are corporate mentors; community business leaders who are willing to guide and advise students. Our program offers MBA students the opportunity to interact and learn from corporate mentors.

Each year, we gather applications from successful executives and interested students for a mentoring experience during the first year of the MBA program. Matches take into account the student's particular needs and career interests and the backgrounds and skills of the corporate mentors.

Program Goals

The goal of the program is to foster a successful mentoring relationship between MBA students and corporate executives, giving students the opportunity to:

  • Gain exposure to the business community
  • Learn about and discuss specific career paths
  • Develop and cultivate a business network
  • Understand the relevance of their academic studies
  • See what tasks and issues executives really face
  • Discuss attributes and experiences companies are truly looking for in potential candidates

Program Timeline

Students identified critical stages of the MBA program where mentoring is most needed; therefore, corporate mentors and students are matched for a four-month mentoring experience starting in January through April of the first year of the MBA program.

Student Mentee Expectations

A successful mentoring relationship truly depends on you, the student. We ask our mentors to connect or interact with you at least two times per month; however, you are the catalyst to build and develop the relationship. We expect you to engage your mentor in your academic and career goals, so they may effectively guide you as needed.

Students may enroll in the mentor program during the Autumn term. Once matched with a mentor, students receive more detailed information including a Student Mentee Guide with suggested discussion topics and activities.

 

Program Contact

Katelin Ahern
Program Coordinator, Graduate Leadership Developement
(614) 247-4757
mbamentor@fisher.osu.edu