Mentoring a student can be one of the most rewarding ways to support the School of Management. As a mentor you have the ability to provide guidance, advice and ideas to students. Best of all you have full discretion to determine your time commitment. The full mentoring process could be as simple as a single phone call, an email exchange or an in-depth conversation over a cup of coffee – your choice based on your schedule. Becoming a mentor and the act of mentoring has been made simple by our MentorLink program.
The MentorLink program is brought to you by The Career Resource Center and is generously sponsored by the School of Management Alumni Association.
MentorLink provides a way for UB School of Management students to contact alumni and friends of the school who are interested in helping students with their career exploration and planning. It is designed to provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to speak with professionals to obtain career-related information such as:
The mentor's role is to volunteer their time and knowledge. They serve as guides, advisors, idea generators and information providers. They may serve as a source of job leads or industry contacts but they are not recruiters and should not be expected to "get jobs" for students.
To enroll as a mentor interested alumni and friends of the School of Management can complete the MentorLink profile through BizLink, which includes the individual's name, title, employer, address, education and email address. Information is also requested concerning the career fields about which the mentor feels he/she can share information with students.
Once the MentorLink profile has been submitted through BizLink, the individual will be sent an email message containing a user name and password. This will allow the mentor to come back to this website and update their information.
To update your profile once you have become a mentor, log in to BizLink (for Employers).
When a student indicates interest in contacting a mentor, BizLink will generate an automated message which is imbedded with a personalized message from the student. This email will come from from firstname.lastname@example.org. After the initial contact, it is up to the mentor on how to communicate with the student. Often, subsequent contacts occur; mentors will let students know whether email, telephone or face-to-face contact best fit into their schedule.