Mentors help students find their place in The James F. Dicke College of Business Administration and prepare for a successful future. The Mentorship Program eases the transition from high school to college, retains quality students through commencement and facilitates networking and job placement.
More than one-half of all jobs are filled through networking, making it necessary for students to sharpen their networking skills throughout their college career. Alumni and friends of the University are invited to serve as external mentors. Juniors and seniors are encouraged to be mentors as well.
All incoming students are paired with a junior or senior mentor who can introduce students to the academic and social culture at ONU, provide advice on courses to take and encourage new students to get involved. Mentor pairs are announced the summer before the start of the mentee’s freshman year, so pairs can meet and communicate prior to their arrival on campus. In early September, the dean meets with freshmen and their student mentors to reiterate the program's objectives and answer any questions. Pairs are expected to meet face-to-face and form a working relationship.
Business Professional, External Mentor
As students progress through their business education, they may be paired with a business professional who serves as an external mentor. External mentors bridge the gap between college and the professional world, offer insights on potential career opportunities and assist students in finding internships and full-time jobs. Assignment of external mentors is based on availability and student interest.
Students are assigned an advisor. Beyond that, professors often work informally with students who share an interest or have requested assistance. While these relationships develop informally, most students find a professor or two that they conect with and, as a result, will seek them out when needed.
Building and Maintaining a Relationship
Wherever possible, there should be a close working relationship between the external and student mentors. The external and student mentors try to coordinate their actions to ensure the mentee receives consistent advice and counsel.