SMART Start gives undergraduate business students, MAcc students, MSIS students, MSBA students and MSF students the opportunity to be mentored by David Eccles School of Business alumni from across various business fields.

CampusTap gives you access to a network of Eccles alumni who can help you with career questions, resume writing and interviewing skills, and you can pair up with a SMART Start mentor. Get started.

How often do students and mentors meet?

An effective mentoring relationship develops over time. After pairing, students should meet with their assigned mentor regularly (at least once per semester) throughout an entire academic year. CampusTap allows alumni to help students through brief resume, career conversation, and interview preparation questions without necessarily committing to a mentoring relationship. Decide what’s best for you based on your availability and needs. Students and mentors determine together goals, frequency, and locations of one-on-one meetings.

How do I start?

  • CampusTap will recommend potential matches to mentors and students. Students will request mentors, and mentors will choose to accept the request. Mentors can choose to work with one or multiple students.
  • Use CampusTap to request a mentor/mentee.• Once you’ve been matched, reach out to your mentor/mentee to request a meeting.
  • CampusTap makes it easy for mentors to follow up with a student on their goals.

Mentors can provide students:

  • Support, empathy and coaching
  • Knowledge and perspective of an organization of culture
  • Understanding of how their ambitions fit into education, student life and career choices
  • Positive and constructive feedback on professional and personal development
  • Expanded personal network and networking advice
  • Career advice, direction, and exploration
  • Critique of resume, cover letters, or other professional communication
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Understanding of business etiquette, dining etiquette, corporate culture, and professionalism
  • Technical knowledge, skills, and wisdom
  • Job shadowing
  • LinkedIn profile review and use of social media
  • Goal setting and follow-up

Students can bring to mentors:

  • Share interesting articles, readings
  • Share what you are learning in your classes or job/internship experiences
  • Update your mentor on the University’s events and news
  • Update you mentor on the success that resulted when you followed their advice

Student Expectations

  • Arrive on time for meetings and events
  • Exhibit professionalism, including professional language (verbal and written) and professional dress (business casual for mentor meetings and events)
  • Send a thank you after each meeting
  • For meetings, be prepared with a topic/ topics you would like to discuss; see above for a list of ideas
  • Don’t be afraid to initiate contact; keep trying – mentors are busy individuals
  • Work around your mentor’s schedule whenever possible; be respectful of their time
  • Take responsibility by following up on recommended actions
  • Respond to emails and CampusTap communications promptly
  • Discuss confidentiality with your mentor. Determine what information is okay to share (such as salary or company information) and what should be kept private. Commit to keep confidential information private even after the academic year ends.

Mentor Suggestions

  • Set Expectations with your student: How often will we communicate? What is the best method to use in communicating (email, text, phone call)? When are good/bad times to meet?
  • Define roles: What will we each get out of this relationship? Who will set the agenda for meetings, etc.? How long should we wait before following up? What resources can you each provide?
  • Set goals with the student: Professional/career goals, make sure they follow the SMART form of goal setting, help the student to realize areas where they have strengths and where they can improve. Use CampusTap to track goals and follow up.
  • Don’t be afraid to critique. None of the students are perfect, and they won’t gain anything from the relationship if they aren’t given feedback on how to improve. Be sure to keep it constructive and provide specific things they can work on.
  • Praise them for what they do well. Good feedback is just as valuable as critical feedback. They are still learning and when they are praised on a certain skill they have, students are more prone to keep trying.

Protect Yourself

  • Hold individual meetings in a public location where you aren’t alone with just your
    mentor/mentee.
  • If meeting in an office setting, keep the door open or cracked so others can see or hear what’s going on.
  • Be careful with touching or physical contact; make sure it can’t be misunderstood.
  • Develop strong relationships with your mentor/mentee, but be sure to let them know if they are telling you things that you are uncomfortable with, or vice-versa.
  • Keep meetings short and to the point; value and respect your mentor/mentee’s time.

We’re here to help
If your mentee or mentor is unresponsive to multiple contact attempts, if you need help using the CampusTap software, or if you need to report any other issues (including instances of
students failing to demonstrate professionalism), please let us know