The Oregon MBA Mentor Network is a signature MBA program that arranges year-long 1:1 mentoring matches between business professionals and MBA students entering the 2nd year of their program.
These relationships are designed to give students support and advice during their career search, experience interacting with executive-level professionals, and increased industry exposure. In many cases, mentors have been pivotal in students’ garnering job offers and several mentor/mentee pairs have become life-long connections.
Though mentoring is not new to MBA programs, the University of Oregon supports a modern format where a reciprocal relationship exists between the mentor and mentee. Mentors are selected based on a variety of criteria including years of experience, industry focus, and desire to work with business students. The program has an opt-in student participation model to ensure a high quality of relationships. Students are selected to participate in the program based on a variety of criteria.
- Dedicated staff to support mentoring relationships and manage the program
- Seasonal Oregon MBA Mentor Network events on campus
- Thorough assessments of mentors and mentees to ensure strong matches
- 1:1 ratio for mentor and mentee
People are more than their work experiences alone, and for this reason we take a holistic approach to matching mentees and mentors.
Compatible and holistic matches are our priority. Out of respect for both mentors’ and mentees’ time, we will not make a match if we don’t believe it will be mutually beneficial. Mentees and mentors struggling to get the mentoring relationship off the ground should contact program staff for additional support.
Oregon MBA Students interested in being paired with a mentor will receive application instructions during winter term of their first year. Matches are completed by early June, with the mentoring relationship continuing until the following June. Questions can be directed to your Career Services advisor or Oregon MBA Mentor Network program staff member Chris Bennett.
We are actively seeking mentors for the Oregon MBA Mentor Network. The commitment timeframe is June-June, with rolling applications. Mentors will have dedicated Career Services staff support to help manage the mentoring relationship.
- Spend 1-2 hours per month communicating with their mentee
- In-person interaction is preferable but mentor communication can also be virtual
- Attempt to come to campus at least once during the year
- 15+ years in industry
- Leadership and mentoring experience
- Bandwidth and energy to contribute time to an MBA mentee
- Proven attitude and mindset for working with an MBA
- Oregon alumni are great, but non-alumni are also welcome
- Women and diverse leaders are particularly sought
- West-coast based is more ideal for in-person interaction
Role of a Mentor
Whether starting anew, changing paths, or exploring options, careers can be complicated. As experienced business professionals, mentors offer our MBA students a vital source of trusted advice to help them make sound, well-informed career decisions.
By sharing insights and advice, mentors help their mentees:
- Connect disparate ideas to generate new understandings
- Discover new insights into themselves, others, and their place in the business world
- Develop or identify interests, values and passions
- Understand how to seek career support from people in their lives
Mentors play a crucial role in the professional growth and career decision making of the mentee. However, a mentor is not responsible for “getting” the mentee a job after graduation, but rather serve as a dependable sounding board, share insights, and empower mentees to make their own good decisions.
Individuals interested in mentoring an Oregon MBA student should contact Chris Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or 541-346-8205.