The aim of this programme is to enrich the learning and experience of Ulster University Business School postgraduate students and provide a greater linkage between the Ulster University Business School and local business leaders.
This will be achieved through matching students (who will be mentees) with a business leader (who will be the mentor) who will provide them with a real life insight into the business world. The role of the mentor is to share experiential knowledge, networks and to give honest and constructive feedback and advice which will help the mentee with their future personal and career development.
Mentors are not expected to help with any aspect of academic work. Mentees are encouraged to shape their learning context depending on their individual aspirations.
The mentoring relationship aims to benefit both parties. We aspire for mentees to leave the programme feeling inspired to aim high for the future.
We strive for business leaders to benefit through a sense of fulfilment by ‘giving back’ however, it could also lead to idea generation, knowledge accumulation and recruitment of high-quality candidates for future business endeavours.
The most important thing you can get out of the mentoring relationship is the opportunity to support another individual and make a real difference for the mentee in both their professional and personal life.
As a mentor you will have a chance to contribute to the development process of someone at an earlier phase in their career.
You will act as an independent ’third party’ advisor where you will share your best practices, good strategies, knowledge and experience. Key benefits of being a mentor are:
The most important thing you can get out of the mentoring relationship is the chance to discuss issues with an independent ’third party’ who has skills and experience in the business world.
You can talk to your mentor about topics that may be difficult, awkward or impossible to discuss with your lecturers, friends, family, colleagues, your boss or your partner/husband/wife.
Having an external, ‘neutral’ person to discuss certain issues with can be easier, because they are not personally involved. Key benefits of being a mentee are: