Mentoring is most often defined as a professional relationship in which an experienced person
(the mentor) assists another (the mentee) in developing specific skills and knowledge that will
enhance the less-experienced person’s professional and personal growth.
What does a mentor do?
The following are among the mentor’s functions:
- Teach the mentee about a specific issue
- Coach the mentee on a particular skill
- Facilitate the mentee’s growth by sharing resources and networks
- Challenge the mentee to move beyond his or her comfort zone
- Create a safe learning environment for taking risks
- Focus on the mentee’s total development
Mentor Roles and Responsibilities
Mentors advise and coach mentees on integrating educational and work experiences, networking and career opportunities, and industry knowledge. Mentors strive to:
- Create an open and comfortable environment
- Communicate clear expectations and listen actively
- Share personal career experiences of both success and failure
- Share knowledge w.r.t education, specific jobs, career paths, corporate cultures and industries
- Seek out opportunities for mentees to explore
- Introduce mentees to business associates and facilitate networking
- Be available to communicate one to two hours per month
Mentee (Student) Roles and Responsibilities
All MBA students are required to participate in the mentoring program as part of their development as business professionals.Mentees will:
- Initiate communication with mentors one to two hours per month
- Plan and set the agenda for each meeting
- Thank mentors for their time
- Learn about jobs, career paths, corporate cultures and industries
- Take good career advice
- Accept feedback with an open mind oriented toward growth
- Set realistic expectations
- Explore opportunities presented by mentors
- Enroll in a non-credit mentoring course each term of the MBA program
The goals of the RNSIT – MBA Mentor Program:
Knowledge Transfer: The mentoring program should provide mentors with the opportunity to meet and influence future business leaders while sharing relevant knowledge and experience. The program should also provide mentors with a venue to assist their mentees in meeting their prescribed learning goals.
Future Talent: The mentoring program should open the lines of communication to enable mentors to gain access to current business concepts and research being taught by the University.
Career Development: The mentoring program should enable mentors to assist MBA students by enhancing their networking skills and increasing their knowledge of a specific industry and profession.
One-on-one mentoring will provide RNSIT MBA students with the opportunity to learn directly from an experienced mentor. Every effort will be made to match students with a mentor whose background and experience align with the students’ interests and career goals.
Basic Outline of the Mentoring Process at RNSIT – MBA:
- Groups of 10 students are formed and one faculty mentor is allocated to the group.
- Each group undergoes group / individual mentoring for 3 hoursper week during the first two semesters and 2 hours per week during third semester.
- During 3rd& 4th semesters – In addition to the existing mentor, the mentees are directed to contact another mentor based on their specialization. However the additional mentor plays an advisory role but the onus of mentoring is under the aegis of the Initial mentor. However the mentor is responsible to appoint the advisor.
- The mentoring goes on till the last working day of the 4th semester (so as to encourage students to stay in touch with mentors and seek one on one support) – final meeting to be scheduled on day of summer project viva voce after 4th