Before You Find a Mentor:
What to Expect

Having a mentor can improve your future success and grow your professional knowledge.  Every mentor experience helps, even if you change your career direction down the road. As a participant, you can:

  • Gain from your mentor’s knowledge, skills, values, experience, and expertise.
  • Grow your awareness of both potential obstacles and opportunities.
  • Receive feedback in key areas such as communications, interpersonal relationships, technical abilities, and leadership skills.
  • Increase clarity of what is needed to grow both personally and professionally.
  • Learn specific skills that help you reach your goals.
  • Gain knowledge about an organization’s culture.

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 promptly.
  • Research the business, organization, and individual.
  • Plan and present each meeting's agenda.
  • Keep meetings as scheduled with your host or mentor.
  • Provide ongoing feedback.
  • Evaluate the program and your mentor at the conclusion of your mentorship.
  • Contact the program staff immediately with any concerns.

Exit surveys and student feedback suggest that those students who create agendas and meet intentionally with their mentors get more from the program.

The amount of effort you put into this process will directly influence what you gain from it.

How to sign up for a mentor?

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“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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