Current & Incoming Mentee Cohort Info

MIB Program Overview

What is Mentors in Business?

SFU Beedie Mentors in Business (MIB) aims to bridge the knowledge gap between our students' excellent academic foundation and the realities of a life in business. The program provides a platform for working professionals to share insights, experience and knowledge that will inspire and motivate students embarking on their career search. Our goal is to:

  • Develop knowledge of business etiquette, communication and culture
  • Enhance access to market intelligence on the target industry, its growth and opportunities
  • Provide insider perspective on the work requirements and lifestyle of the target industry
  • Deepen understanding of the target industry enabling students to move forward with greater confidence toward long-term goals

In the Mentors in Business program, Beedie students, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, connect with individuals from the business community in their areas of career interest in order to make better-informed career choices and expand their understanding of a target industry. Recent cohorts have involved between around 150 pairs per term – that is about 600 active participants each year.

What is the time commitment?

15 to 20 hours over the course of the six-month program. Mentees should meet with their mentor, at minimum, one hour per month. Additional time will be required for exploratory research, resume development and other work as assigned by the mentor. Attendance at the MIB program's four mandatory networking events is also included in the time commitment.

Who are the mentors?

Our mentors come from all the key industries and occupy functional roles from Account Manager to VP Sales, Analyst to CEO. We ask for a minimum of three years' professional experience and always match a student with a mentor who has more experience than the mentee. What unifies the mentors is their desire to give back to their profession by supporting students in their professional development.

We seek a match between a mentee with an industry and function focus and a mentor with a perspective on that industry and functional area. The mentor may be a "few steps away" from your target career, but we try to ensure that every mentor will have information and perspectives to offer the mentee that will enhance his or her professional development. Matches are rarely "direct", (i.e. I want to be a Bank Manager, so my mentor is a Bank Manager) but the knowledge of industry, career pathway, functional area or overall business sector is of great value and can often make a difference in future career direction.

We ask our mentors to hold mentees accountable to shared goals which are developed between mentor and mentee at the initial meetings. We ask them to share their skills, insider knowledge and to reflect, candidly but diplomatically to the mentee, where more work is needed to prepare for their target career. Where mentees are still evaluating their direction, we ask that the mentor provide an unbiased sounding board.

Our mentors are one of Beedie School's most precious assets and we expect all mentees to be respectful ambassadors for the Mentors in Business program and for the Beedie School of Business.  

Am I eligible?

SFU Beedie Mentors in Business is open to graduate and undergraduate students. Graduate students must be enrolled in the MSc Finance, MBA, MOT MBA, Surrey MBA or EMBA program. BBA students must be Business Majors with at least 60 credits but no more than 100 credits. Students who leave Beedie before the MIB cohort term is over are not eligible.

Previous MIB participants are eligible to repeat the program if space is available. Acceptance into the program obligates the mentee to meet the Mentee Commitments (see MIB Guide Book page 4).

Am I ready for MIB?

Set yourself up for success. Students who follow the steps below get much more out of the program and often maintain a long-term connection to their assigned mentor.

  • Be proactive. Make time to meet with your mentor; take responsibility for contacting your mentor and setting up meetings at his/her convenience.
  • Enter the program with three to five clear career goals that your mentor can help with. Focusing on goals can help structure your conversations and ensure you don't run out of things to talk about and work on.
  • Be prepared. In addition to outlining goals for the program at your first meeting, prepare for every meeting by sending a tentative agenda or list of questions in advance. Be on time, set the next meeting date before the end of the meeting, and follow up on all tasks set by the mentor. Take notes at your meeting to stay focused and to maintain a record of ideas discussed and progress made in the program.
  • Respect and value the experience. Your mentor has volunteered his/her time and is hoping to help you grow. Honour this good intention by putting as much effort as possible into your development during the program. Learn about the industry from your mentor's perspective.
  • Be willing to build and grow the relationship. It takes time and energy to connect, and to practice personal and professional skills. Meeting an unknown person and learning about them through a series of mentoring sessions will build your confidence when dealing with business professionals.

This six-month, formal relationship is not intended to lead to a job, however all contacts and skills built through this relationship will support long-term career success.

Mandatory Orientation

Once accepted into the MIB program, all mentees are required to complete an MIB Orientation before meeting their mentor. Attendance at one of the in-person orientation sessions is highly recommended; you will get the opportunity to ask questions, meet the program manager, meet other mentees, and complete all of the preliminary work for MIB within the session. However, if you have a class or work conflict, you have the option of completing the orientation online via SFU Canvas. Failure to complete the in-person or online orientation will result in removal from the program.

Download a PDF copy of the Mentoring Guide for your reference.

What to expect from your match

The goal of matching is not to provide you with a mentor who will hire you - in fact, we seek mentors who have exposure to your target industries, but who are not hiring managers where you want to work. Having a mentor who may one day interview you for a job means you cannot be candid about your weaknesses and learn how to overcome them. The following are the key criteria for a good match:

  • Good at evaluating the mentee's overall employability and identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Having knowledge of the industry category and functional roles within that industry.
  • Having time to meet regularly and provide feedback which the student can use to clarify their choices in the future and while at school.
  • Willing to speak candidly about mentee weaknesses and make positive suggestions for solutions.
  • Able to share general insider knowledge about the culture and lifestyle of the industry and functional role in question.
  • Willing to explore mentee potential as an unbiased sounding board.

MIB Event Schedule

See News and Events for application deadlines and event calendar.

How to apply

Complete the online application form IN FULL. Follow the instructions and use the sample application form to guide you in the process. The more clearly you express your career interests and goals, the more effective the matching process. Be as specific as possible. We need to know what industry-specific knowledge you are looking for. Please do not simply say you "want a mentor to learn more about your career". We need to know WHAT (skills, processes, functional areas) you're hoping to learn about and why. Writing your application for the MIB program is a serious undertaking and should be approached after some research and self-reflection. Below are key tips for success:

  • Research companies of interest, check out LinkedIn profiles of business leaders.
  • Know what kind of companies and roles interest you.
  • If you are not clear on your long-term and short-term goals, it can be difficult to identify the guidance you need on your path forward. Meet your Career Advisor at the Career Management Centre to move forward on these issues.
  • If you are unclear and would still like to apply, try your best to tell the MIB team what you are looking for. What specific knowledge related to your target career do you lack?
  • Fill in the application carefully and make sure you read and follow instruction to ensure you have completed your document correctly.
  • Follow instructions to SAVE your document successfully. The application form (not your resume) is how we make a match between mentor and mentee.
  • Focus on the subject matter you would like to learn and the kinds of roles and business skills you are interested in discussing.

Application Form

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