SMART Start gives undergraduate business students, MAcc students, MSIS Students, and MSF students the opportunity to be mentored by David Eccles School of Business alumni from across various business fields. Students can apply to the mentoring program each fall. Select students will be matched from a pool of dynamic business professionals and will interact with and learn from the mentor during the academic year through group events, activities and one-on-one sessions
2016 – 2017 Schedule of Events
Orientation/ Speed Networking (11:30-1:30, SFEBB 7170)
Mentors/Students paired. Mentors/students meet at least twice during each semester.
Meet Your Mentor Luncheon (12-1:30, SFEBB 7170)
Practice Interviews (optional)
Career Workshop (12-1, SFEBB 7170) CANCELED
Practice Interviews (optional)
Closing social /Etiquette lunch (12-2, SFEBB 7170)
Expectations: How often will we communicate? What is the best way for us to communicate (email, text, etc)? What are good/bad times for meeting?
Roles and Responsibilities: What will we each get from the relationship? Who will take the lead in agenda setting, communication, and follow up? What expertise, time commitment and resources will each of you provide?
Deliverables: Will we establish any “deliverables” for our meetings? Will one of us take notes on our meeting, progress and objectives? Will we both read a book or article in preparation for a meeting? Is any other preparation needed before our meetings?
Goal setting: Develop SMART goals based on the students mentoring goals. Identify resources needed and action items for student and mentor, deliverables and deadlines.
Getting to know you: What is your dream job? Who are your role models and why? What have you liked/disliked about previous jobs? What are you afraid of? Write responses ahead of time and review together.
Networking: Advice for networking, professional dress and appearance, and business etiquette. Before attending networking events, information sessions, career fairs, etc., ask your mentor for advice on how to best prepare. Afterwards, debrief with your mentor and discuss what went well and what didn’t. Identify ways you could improve.
Social Media: LinkedIn profile review, how to use social media effectively.
Professionalism: What journals, blogs or reference materials would be helpful? Any professional associations worth consideration? Any professional events you could attend together?
Interviewing: Interview preparation and practice. Debrief after interviews to discuss what went well and how you could improve for the future.
Job Shadow: If possible, arrange a day to visit your mentor’s office, and meet with a variety of departments depending on your interests. Learn about your mentor’s daily activities. Your mentor might be able to help arrange a job shadow or informational interview with another professional as well.
Informational Interviews: Research companies or individuals you would like to meet with, and develop a list of questions you would like to ask. Review your question list with your mentor. Ask for insights and advice. Afterward, debrief with your mentor about what you learned.
Revisit and refine goals: Refer back to goals frequently, check on progress, and revise goals as needed. Be sure to celebrate success!