Mentors for LBS Students

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"Dude, I'm telling you I know what I'm talking about."
What is Mentoring?

Mentoring, or the process of mentorship, is really a growing, strengthening bond that occurs between a mentor, who is more experienced and someone who is less experienced, the mentee.   Call it what you want, mentor, friend, sounding board, guide; but isn't having someone who will listen and sympathize tempting? The concept of mentorship has long been known and tracked in history. In fact, it was Homer's Odyssey that first gave rise to the term "mentor" through its character called Mentor, who, despite the fact that he is presented as a somewhat debilitated old man, is actually used by Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom, to guide Odysseus' son Telemachus through a difficult time in the young man's life. 

Why do I need one?

Well, maybe you don’t. But, what could it hurt? To have access to someone who has just freshly completed the program. How did they balance, work, family, leisure and school? Use them as a sounding board, ask their advice, run ideas past them, find a new friend. Sounds good, right?  Maybe you didn't need a mentor in the first year of the program but are seeing what the benefits might be now that you're in the second or third year of the program.  It's not too late, send an email to the address below and request a mentor.

 Why would I want to be a mentor?

  •  Satisfaction of having helped someone on their journey of personal growth.
  •  Develops your leadership skills.
  •  Networking.

What does it involve?

It will require your time and your willingness to share your knowledge and experience. It is an informal process which gives you, the mentor, and the mentee the flexibility to determine the requirements of the relationship. 

If you are interested in having a mentor send a detailed email (address listed below) with what you are looking for. Would you prefer to have someone similar in age, the same gender, someone who has children too, someone who works in the same profession or maybe it just doesn't matter. Either way every effort will be made to find someone that can work with you. 

Who are these mythical creatures called mentors?

They are people just like you who have completed this very program. Mothers, Fathers, Employees, Students. Not only have they completed the program, they’ve survived it. And they are fresh from the program. This is a new service offered to LBS students and the first list of available mentors is from Cohort 12, who will be completing their classes in July and graduating in October, 2009. 

Where can I get one of these Mentors?

Contact isp@sfu.ca

Want to be a Mentor?

Contact isp@sfu.ca

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