A mentor is a more experienced person who has volunteered to build a trusting relationship with a less experienced person for the purpose of providing guidance and support toward collaboratively established goals.
Through the Professional Development Institute, mentoring is an interactive process between a mentor and a student which is centrally focused on the career and professional development of students. Through discovery and strategic action, effective one-on-one mentoring provides both the student and the mentor with overall personal growth and opportunities for career and professional development.
Any actively enrolled UB student may request a mentor.
Students should request a mentor to discover ways to:
We have open application periods just before and at the start of fall and spring semesters.
To become a PDI mentor, you must:
The match will be based on the best fit between:
A minimum of one hour of contact time per mentee per month during the semester is required for fostering a successful, productive partnership. More time may be necessary depending on a student's particular goals. Mentoring relationships are generally expected to last at least six months or until a student graduates.
Mentors and students may vary communication modes for mentoring sessions. A combination of face-to-face, phone, and email communication can produce meaningful results.
Still have questions? Contact Lisa Punter in the Career and Professional Development Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.