Become a Mentor to a One Year MBA Student

The MBA Mentoring Program gives our MBA alumni an opportunity to connect with current students of the new One Year MBA. Mentors will assist students in building their professional network and provide support as they go through the program and job search process. The mentoring program is co-sponsored by the School of Business and the MBA Association.

Mentors and One Year MBA students, July 2017

The One Year MBA program is for new graduates who have had internships and/or other work experiences. However, they do not have the professional work experience required of the other BW MBA programs. One Year MBA students need to build professional networks and receive career guidance.  In additional to being enrolled as full-time students, they are typically working about 20 hours per week. The incoming class represents a variety of career interests including sales, digital marketing, management consulting, health care administration, etc.

The expectations of the mentor/mentee pairs is to communicate or meet at least once per month, beginning this summer and continuing through spring of 2018. Communication can occur by email, phone or in person. The MBA Office will send out monthly reminders with suggestions of topics to discuss or events to attend together.  

Here are some examples of how mentors can connect with students.

    • Invite the student to professional networking events
    • Allow the student to shadow his/her mentor at work
    • Help students find other professionals they could shadow
    • Connect students with other professionals for informational interviews
    • Advise student in his/her job search
    • Provide letters of recommendation
    • Discuss class projects, research topics, current events
    • Attend events on campus
      • Networking reception for students and mentors on Wednesday, July 26, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
      • MBA Association Dessert & Dialogue programs
      • Economic Insights: Global, National, Regional annual event
      • Spahr and Boesel lecture series

    Currently, all students in the One Year MBA Class of 2018 have been paired with mentors. The next opportunity to apply to be a mentor will be in February, with matches made in the spring of 2018.  Ideally, we will have more mentor applications that we do students. This means that not all mentors will be paired with students immediately. 

    Questions?  Contact Ann Conrad at or (440) 826-2390.



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