Loyola University Chicago

Quinlan School of Business

Q Mentorship Program

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The Q Mentorship Program, a supplement to Loyola’s BSAD 220 Career Preparation course, provides an excellent opportunity for Quinlan students to learn about the world of business from experienced professionals.

Mentors are Loyola University Chicago alumni and friends of Loyola who are business professionals in the Chicago area.

Starting in the Fall 2016 semester and continuing into the Spring 2017 term, Business Career Services piloted the Q Mentorship Program in one section of BSAD 220. By Fall 2017, it is expected that all sections of Career Preparation will have the mentorship program component.

The result will be each student enrolled in BSAD 220 will be assigned a mentor who is an experienced and model member of the Chicago business community. Students will apply networking, career research, and communication skills (both written and oral) in the process of developing these relationships.

Program Background & Student Benefits

Mentors provide another voice that stresses the importance of a strong work ethic, professional attitude, and effective time management, as well as deliver invaluable insights into career choices, industry information, professional development, resume/cover letter writing, and interview skills. Participation in the mentorship program also offers an excellent networking opportunity, a critical tool not only for effective job-hunting, but also for long-term career success.

Mentors

  • Are willing to assist with the personal and professional development of a student and provide feedback to the Quinlan School of Business
  • Are able to meet individually (in-person, phone, or Skype) with a student at least twice during the semester, in-person is preferred
  • Are skilled at interpersonal communication
  • Are highly regarded within their field for their integrity and professionalism

Student Mentees (enrolled in BSAD 220)

  • Submit top three choices for mentors by the second week of the semester (first week for summer session)
  • Initiate conversation with mentor after instructor has made assignments. Note: Each student is expected to drive this program – meaning the student takes an active role in contacting his/her mentor and planning meeting times
  • Meet at least twice with the mentor during the semester, in-person (preferably), over the phone, or via Skype (other contact with your mentor will be determined based on mutual agreement)

Matching Process

  • Students will self-select their preferred mentors and submit a ranked list of their top three choices. The course instructor then goes through all submissions and notifies students who their mentors will be, trying his/her best to assign them their top choices. Keep in mind the instructor must manage the distribution of mentors to students in order to create a sustainable case load for the mentors.
  • Mentors and students will be paired based on a variety of factors, including majors/minors, skills, job functions, shared interests, career alignment, and rankings.
  • Mentors will be formally requested via LUConnect, an online platform that connects students to alumni for career conversations: http://www.luc.edu/career/luconnect/ and LinkedIn for friends of Loyola (i.e., non-Loyola alumni). After registering and creating profiles, students will then have their requests approved by their instructors.
  • Students may suggest mentors of their own, but those mentors must register and create profiles in LUConnect and/or the Q Mentorship Program group in LinkedIn.

Learn more

To learn more, contact your BSAD 220 instructor or Aminatu Rubango at nrubango@luc.edu or 312.915.7907.