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Before You Find a Mentor: What to Expect

In today’s marketplace, having a mentor has never been more valuable – or more critical to success. Every experience helps. As a participant, you can:

  • Gain from your mentor’s knowledge, skills, values, and expertise.
  • Grow through greater awareness of challenges and opportunities.
  • Receive critical feedback in key areas, such as communications, interpersonal relationships, technical abilities, and leadership skills.
  • Develop a sharper focus on what is needed to grow personally and professionally.
  • Learn specific skills and knowledge to help you reach professional and personal goals.
  • Gain knowledge about an organization’s culture that can be critical for success.

To participate in the program, you’ll need to complete the Mentor Program online application. First, log in to the Banner Information System. On the Student Menu, select “Mentor Program.” Then on the SBGE Mentor Program page, select “Add new application.”

You’ll also be asked to submit a current résumé, and then you’ll complete an interview/orientation with the Center for Applied Learning director.

Expectations and Commitments

As a participant in the mentor program and representative of Seattle Pacific University, you’ll be expected to:

  • Initiate contact to schedule meetings within two weeks of notification.
  • Research the business, organization, and individual.
  • Plan and present each meeting's agenda.
  • Meet with your mentor regularly.
  • Provide ongoing feedback on your mentoring relationship.
  • Evaluate the program and your mentor at the conclusion of your mentorship.
  • Contact the program coordinator immediately with any concerns.

“I learned a lot about my future career field and gained confidence in my ability to interact with business professionals. As a result of this program, I have many contacts and am excited to pursue my future career.”
Marisa Neste
“The SBGE Mentor Program is at the heart of the undergraduate business experience. It has proven to be, for me, a wonderful opportunity to put my classroom learning to practical use, and experience firsthand the living, breathing world of business.”
Kristopher Thompson
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