SMART Start

SMART Start is a premier mentoring program at the David Eccles School of Business.

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

Sep 30

Oct 5

Oct 17

Nov 8

Nov 17

Feb 15

Mar 2

Mar 29

Applications due.

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)

Mentor Tips
Best Practices before Meeting with a Mentor

Develop your elevator pitch – who are you and what do you want to learn – 30-45 seconds. Reflect on what you would like to learn and possible goals. Research your mentor (LinkedIn, company bios).

Meeting with Mentor

Arrive on time. Dress for success; business casual always for meetings with mentors. Exhibit professionalism, including professional language (verbal and written) Send a thank you after each meeting. For meetings, be prepared with a topic/ topics you would like to discuss; see below 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. If invited to visit your mentor’s workplace, be sure to follow the company dress code. Take responsibility by following up on recommended actions.

How Your Mentor Can Help You

Knowledge and perspective of an organization of culture. Positive and constructive feedback on professional and personal development. Expanded personal network. Career advice, direction, and exploration. Critique of resume, cover letters, or other professional communication. Interview preparation and mock interviews. Business etiquette, dining etiquette, corporate culture and professionalism. Job shadowing. LinkedIn profile review and use of social media.

What You Bring to Your Mentor

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

Getting to Know Each Other

Complete the Mentor- Mentee Partnership Agreement

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?

Building the Foundation

Sharing background information: Student shares resume, background and interests, as well as mentoring goals. Mentor shares personal and professional background and interests, resume and life lessons.

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.

Professional Development

Professional communications: Resume, cover letters, emails, thank you notes, note-taking, who is the right person to contact.

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.

Career Exploration

Brainstorm: What options are available to a student with my major? Possible job titles? Pros and cons on each area? What positions/titles might be a good fit for you? Are there options you haven’t considered?

Assessment: Work with your career counselor to identify career assessment tool(s) (StrengthsFinder, Interest Profiler, etc.). Discuss the results with your mentor.

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.

Follow-up

Feedback: You have a far better chance of succeeding if you know what others are thinking of you. Ask your mentor for feedback frequently. Be sure to thank them for any suggestions, even if it might be hard to hear. Reflect on and consider the advice, then determine what (if anything) you want to do.

Revisit and refine goals: Refer back to goals frequently, check on progress, and revise goals as needed. Be sure to celebrate success!