HRER Mentor Program
Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations Mentor Program
We are delighted to invite MSHR students and alumni to join the Institute of Human Resources and Employment Relations Mentor Program. The Mentor Program is designed to enhance our students’ professional development. MSHR mentors are proficient and well-placed alumni who bring a depth of working knowledge and experience as well as an influential network to our aspiring graduates.
When pursuing the MSHR, many students have found it helpful to learn from experienced HR professionals through Loyola's mentor program. Students work with mentors to improve their approach to real-life human resources (HR) challenges and to obtain a deeper understanding of HR and the employment relations profession.
Institute’s mentor program
"The mentor program was extremely useful in building my network and gaining real world knowledge in the Human Resources field. This program truly enriched my graduate experience at Loyola."
The Institute’s Mentor Program is a formal “1:1” matching program designed to substantially enrich the learning environment in the MSHR program. Current students and recent graduates can enrich their educational experience by participating in a formal mentor-mentee relationship with alumni who will share their experiences and insights on career choice, difficult professional problems, applications of knowledge acquired in classes and job readiness skills. The goal of the Institute’s Mentor Program is to advance the professional development of current or recent MSHR graduate students. This program is a wonderful opportunity for our MSHR students and recent graduates to participate in excellent networking opportunities, which are critical for an effective job-search and long-term career success. MSHR alumni find value in sharing knowledge while maintaining an active relationship with the Institute.
The mentee commitments
A mentee must be currently enrolled in the MSHR program, MBA program with a concentration in HR, Human Resources undergraduate program or must be a recent graduate (within the last three years). HR undergraduates must have taken at least two HR classes to participate in the program.
The Mentor Program runs from October through April. Students must attend a mandatory orientation program where student mentees will receive program information and ideally meet their mentors. After the orientation, it is expected that the mentor and student mentee will meet or communicate for two to three hours each month. The student mentee is charged with the responsibility for contacting his or her mentor and scheduling the meetings, just like the real world. A mandatory wrap-up session will be held in April. These mandatory meeting are designed to benefit both you and the program so it is important that you plan to attend. Benefits to the mentee include:
- Enrich the development of professional knowledge and skills
- Expand professional network
- Enhance sense of competence, effectiveness and ability to handle challenging intellectual work
- Gain informed view of career choices and job search strategies
Please understand that the opportunity to become a mentee is not guaranteed. The number of students who can participate is limited by the number of alumni who agree to participate in the mentor program. As result, we will match students with alumni who we believe are likely to have the best relationship. Students who have not participated in the program will be given priority.
A mentor is an Institute alumnus either career active or recently active (1-3 years) in the field of Human Resources. A mentor must have time to invest in the mentoring relationship (two to four hours a month for six months) and live within the Chicago area. Benefits to the mentor include:
- Contribute to the profession and to your alma mater in the Loyola Jesuit tradition
- Develop relationships with new HR talent
- Engage in a rewarding community service and volunteer opportunity
- Enhance development opportunities and professional network
The Mentor Program runs from October through April. Students must attend a mandatory orientation program where student mentees will receive program information and ideally meet their mentors. After the orientation, it is expected that the mentor and student mentee will meet or communicate for two to three hours each month. The student mentee is charged with the responsibility for contacting his or her mentor and scheduling the meetings on their calendar, just like the real world. A mandatory wrap-up session will be held in April.
- Application Deadline: Sept 12, 2015
- Mentor Program Orientation: Sept 25, 2015, 5–7:30 p.m.
- Mentor Program Wrap-Up: TBA (April)
Interested students and alums may contact the Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"It was rewarding to help someone get started in a career and to be able to share with them your job experience".