SOMAA - Mentorship Program

About the Mentor Program

Alumni Registration Deadlines for 2015

  • Summer Session: May 29, 2015

Alumni sign up here.
Students sign up here.

Background

The Yale SOM mentor program, developed in consultation with the Yale SOM Alumni Relations, Career Development Offices and the SOM Alumni Association, allows SOM students to tap into the unusual success and diversity of our alumni community, which differentiates SOM from other business schools. It is critically important for alumni from all sectors, industries, and fields of expertise to get involved to share their wisdom with students and the newly graduated class.

Summer Session

The summer session launches soon after commencement and runs through the summer. This enables alumni to mentor students on internships and members of the graduating class in the cities where mentors and mentees are both located. As well as the usual mentoring advice, it is anticipated mentors and mentees will be able to meet up in person for coffee etc. and mentors will be able to add another layer of advice as established residents in the cities where their mentees are now located. Mentors should indicate the time they are able to commit, number of meetings etc in the database.

Affinity Groups

Having successfully piloted affinity summer sessions with the Women in Management student club from 2012-14 we are expanding our affinity groups subsections to include the Black Business Alliance and Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender/Queer (LGBTQ). Participants are invited to opt-in to these sessions by selecting TRUE in the Summer Session Drop-Down as well as TRUE in the appropriate affinity drop downs:

  • LGBTQ
  • Black Business Alliance
  • Women in Management

About Being A Mentor

  • Each mentor can work with a maximum of two students.
  • The primary role of the mentor is to act as a resource to the student: the mentor can provide advice and share job searching tips. Students select their Mentors based on preferred industry experience and especially during the Summer Session on location.
  • The primary benefit of this relationship is in the form of advice from a friendly, supportive person during what can be a stressful process, i.e. finding a career path and starting a new job in a new city; advice may include how the industry works, answers to "dumb" questions (e.g., about terminology), and guidance on how to approach the student's job search. A mentor acts as a trusted counsellor and guide who provides a risk -free learning environment in which to offer career guidance.
  • There is no expectation that the mentor will be able to directly assist in the student's job search by providing an introduction to the mentor's current or former employers or by networking on behalf of the student.
  • Due to the limited size of SOM's student body, not all mentors will be selected in a given session. Nonetheless, by keeping yourself in the mentorship database, you never know when a new student will stand to benefit greatly from your unique experience.
  • Please Note! Please Note! Once you sign up, students will be able to select you in those sessions you opt into. If you are interested in mentoring over the summer, please be sure you are opted into the Summer Session by selecting "TRUE". If you are interested in opting into any of the affinity groups, please ensure you select TRUE in as many of the groups as appropriate. If you wish to discontinue your participation you will need to login and opt out of the session(s) you no longer wish to participate in.

How It Works

Alumni register for the program on this website, students then review registration information provided by alumni and select mentors on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration deadline for the summer session is May 29, 2015.

When a student selects a mentor, an automatic notification is sent to both the mentor and student. After that point the process goes off-line and it is the responsibility of the student to initiate contact to begin the mentoring process.

Getting Started

  • Alumni sign up here.
  • Students sign up here.
  • At the end of each session both the mentor and student will be asked to complete a brief survey to identify the benefits and lessons learned and determine appropriate follow-up actions.