A mentoring relationship is a learning and development partnership between two people, typically a more experienced person (mentor) and less experienced person (mentee). The relationship can last days, weeks, semesters or even years depending on the goals and experiences of the people in it. Mentors and mentees discuss topics like personal and professional decisions, explorations of career paths and ways to navigate a career. At Villanova, we encourage students and alumni to connect in mentoring relationships, and there are several ways to do so, including methods of creating your own.
Mentoring Programs at Villanova
Below is our list of known mentoring programs at the university, available to students and alumni with specific interests and backgrounds.
CGL Mentor Program
The Center for Global Leadership (CGL) pairs Advisory Council members with students that are part of the Global Leadership Fellows (GLF) program. All GLF students and CGL Advisory Council alumni mentors opt in and are paired based on the student’s primary field of interest, desired work location, and mutual areas of interest.
Website: CGL Mentor Program
Honors Alumni Directory
For Honors Program students to connect with Honors Program alumni mentors. Students can reach out to alumni mentors at any time during their course of study. Mentors can be searched by career areas and have short bios describing their experiences.
Website: Honors Alumni Mentor Directory
Human Resources Development (HRD) Graduate Program Mentoring
The mentoring program provides HRD graduate students with the opportunity to work with successful HR professionals and to continue to develop a range of skill sets. Mentors benefit by accessing fresh talent, improving their leadership skills and building a rapport with Villanova’s reputable HRD Graduate Program.
Website: HRD Mentoring Program
Law School Minority Alumni Society Mentoring Program
This program for Villanova Law students, sponsored by the Minority Alumni Society and minority student organizations, enables minority alumni to serve as mentors and provides students/mentees with the opportunity to gain valuable knowledge and insight from alumni who are currently practicing attorneys, or who are otherwise using their JD degrees in a business or professional setting, while also sharing practical advice concerning the challenges of law school.
Website: Law School Minority Alumni Society Mentoring Program
VSB Mentoring Program - Undergraduate Track
This Program brings undergraduate VSB students and alumni volunteers together in one-to-one relationships to support the student’s career and professional development goals. Students opt into this program in spring semester sophomore year after declaring their major. Using mentoring software, each student selects a mentor based on their primary field of interest, desired work location, and skill building needs. The pair works together through the student’s graduation.
Website: VSB Mentor Program
VSB Mentoring Program - Master of Science in Finance (MSF) Track
For Master of Science in Finance students in the School of Business to connect with a mentor during their year in the program. All student mentees and mentors opt in and are paired based as much as possible on the student’s primary field of interest, desired work location, and mutual areas of interest.
Website: VSB Mentor Program
VSB Mentoring Program - MBA Program Track
MBA students can elect to join this program in their final year of study. Students are matched with a mentor who shares the student’s primary industry or career interest area.
Website: VSB Mentor Program
Additional Ways to Create Mentoring Relationships
Alumni and friends of Villanova often make their time available to be resources to Villanovans who are exploring their next career decision. Below are a few ways to explore possibile connections with whom you could start an information-sharing relationship.
LinkedIn Alumni Tool
Located at www.linkedin.com/alumni (select Villanova University as your school)
A searchable listing of all LinkedIn users who have listed Villanova University in the education section of their profiles. Sort by keyword or pre-defined categories such as "where they live," "where they work," and "what they do" - then, reach out and connect.
Villanova Alumni Association's "NovaNetwork" Directory
Located on the Alumni Association's website.
A searchable database of Villanova alumni, kept by the university and for the university. All students have access to the NovaNetwork directory and can search alumni by fields such as employer name, Villanova major and location. Contact details are also provided to begin the connection.
What do I talk about with my mentor?
We're glad you asked. The answer is: many things, although we suggest you focus on topics that are easily answered and will help you define short-term and long-term goals in your career planning. Asking questions about how to break into an industry or specific company, how the mentor made specific career choices and the day-to-day realities of working in that role will likely prove beneficial for you (and likely even for the mentor). Below, we're providing some questions you can consider asking a mentor to get a conversation going.
Important Note: this relationship is just that - a relationship. Be sure to thank your mentor early and often. Email thank you notes are great. Hand-written thank you notes are even better. It's a great idea to offer your support of the mentor in return for the generosity they are offering you by sharing their time and knowledge.