In today’s business environment of multiple challenges, rapid developments and disruptions, managing careers has become increasingly complex.
CUHK Business School understands that a powerful way to successfully develop careers is through mentoring. Mentors can provide mentees with informal guidance on important career transitions by sharing knowledge and experiences.
The Mentorship Program is a safe yet informal partnership between CUHK MBA alumni and students. Both parties can foster a learning and sharing environment and become part of a wider support network. Mentors and mentees will engage in building trustful relationships, in which mentees are offered personal and professional guidance and are encouraged by mentors towards self-development. Mentoring by alumni is also a way ‘to give back’ to the School and the student community. Mentors are also provided with an opportunity to develop and strengthen their own coaching, mentoring and leadership skills.
CUHK Business School’s structured mentoring program endeavours to match full-time and part-time MBA students with the School’s MBA alumni, pairing up for a minimum timeframe of 9 months. Mentoring activities include:
Mentors and mentees will be matched according to specific areas of work and interests and are expected to meet once a month throughout the program based on an agreed schedule. During the meetings, mentors and mentees are encouraged to discuss and share information on subjects such as career planning, career change, leadership, networking, work-life balance and lifelong education. Topics for discussion should be based on areas which mentees and mentors find appropriate, suitable and interesting. Potential themes can include:
1 year, 3 year or 5 year plans. How can these be successfully accomplished?
How to improve and advance?
What job opportunities exist? What are the best platforms for networking?
What are some of the non-work related interests which can build the relationship and support learning?
Kick Off Event
MBA Happy Hour
Mentors are required to sign a ‘letter of commitment’ in which they agree to dedicate time to meet with his/her mentee at least once a month and accompany his/her mentee to the program’s
three mentorship events. The CUHK MBA Programs team will also provide some training through a consultant on mentoring expectations.
Participation in the CUHK Mentorship Program is optional for students. Full-time and part-time students can apply by filling out an application form and participating in an interview conducted by MBA Career Management Center.
Mentees will sign a ‘letter of commitment’ in which they agree to meet with his/her mentor at least once a month and will attend the program’s three mentorship events and an information workshop.
Mentees are expected to initiate and take the lead on meeting arrangements and have a flexible attitude when it comes to his/her mentors’ schedule and travel.