119 South St., BUS 200
Big Rapids, MI
The Executive Mentor Program is a volunteer mentoring network that partner’s undergraduate students of the Ferris State University College of Business with business professionals, which helps prepare students for flourishing careers in business and helps with career planning, resume’ preparation, job shadowing, networking opportunities, lasting professional relationships, and more.
By participating in this program, students will be paired with professional executives and receive individualized help. Mentors are paired with students based on academic and career fields, common interests, and/or availability.
The College of Business at Ferris State University will be using a traditional “one-on-one” mentoring model. The program is two semesters (fall/spring) starting in October with an orientation and mixer at the Big Rapids campus. Mentors and mentees commit to a program designed to provide sophomore, junior, and senior level business students with an invaluable opportunity for personal and professional development through the support of a mentor.
Mentoring is a partnership between two people which supports a personal and professional development strategy. Mentoring is a term generally used to describe a relationship between a less experienced individual, called a mentee, and a more experienced individual known as a mentor.
A mentor is an experienced person who provides information, advice, support, and encouragement to another person, often leading and guiding by example through his/her expertise or success. Mentors serve as trusted and significant advisors, providing a sounding board for day-to-day issues encountered on the job and alternative perspectives on issues in terms of both problem identification and problem solving.
The Coordinator of the CliftonStrengths/Executive Mentor program will facilitate the first introduction via email, but it is the mentee's responsibility to initiate the conversation. The first meeting should be planned by phone, in-person or Skype. Allow at least an hour to get to know one another, and during this time set expectations and goals for the relationship. We highly recommend that at the end of each meeting you plan when you will meet again.
We want you to have the best mentoring experience possible, please do not hesitate to contact the coordinator at any time if you have questions or concerns. We will keep in regular contact with you to see how things are going and to gather any feedback or suggestions you may have.
We encourage the mentoring relationship to last until a student graduates. However, we are also aware at times personalities may not be compatible. For this reason we ask that mentors and mentees evaluate their relationship on an annual basis. Due to other commitments or just a general lack of connectedness, mentor or mentees may decide to terminate their relationship early. Please contact the coordinator should you make this decision. We hope that mentors and mentees remain a part of one another’s professional network beyond the mentoring program.