Industry experts and enterprise leaders are invited to work with Carson College students as mentors.
The importance of mentoring
Succeeding in today’s competitive business environment demands experience and know-how that eludes even the most sophisticated students. Business professionals must learn to manage rapid technological changes, navigate complex financial regulations, outpace global competition, and more.
As a mentor, you can provide guidance and insight to teach soon-to-be professionals and start-up entrepreneurs how to make astute, informed decisions. You make an important contribution to students’ success.
Who can serve as a mentor
To become a mentor, you must be a recognized business leader and role model. Mentoring involves voluntarily advising and coaching WSU students. This is a wonderful opportunity to help students sidestep challenges that you may have encountered early in your career.
What mentors do
- Participate in a mentoring session. Review background material provided by students and instructors.
- Flag potential pitfalls. Point out paths that you believe may fail.
- Foster independence. Encourage mentees to explore alternatives on their own.
- Stay objective. Keep your advice judgment-free. Resist the temptation to dictate.
- Listen carefully and communicate clearly. Mentees are likely to take everything you say very seriously.
- Follow up consistently. Provide guidance and positive encouragement.