Portland-area business professionals are invited to participate in the PSU/SBA Mentor Program.
Remember what it took to find that first job? Remember all the lessons you had to learn - sometimes the hard way? Now that you know what it takes to succeed, now that you've established yourself in your field, and because you understand the importance of networking, why not share your knowledge and experience?
The SBA Mentor Program is designed to help students increase their workplace savvy, gain clarity on their career interests, develop their networking skills and successfully make the transition from college to the workplace through a mentor relationship with a business professional.
We all must go through a learning process, but a mentor can help smooth out the bumps and prepare students to make the most of those learning opportunities.
The Mentor Relationship
Mentors are asked to meet with their student six times during the academic year, but many mentors find additional ways to provide their student with exposure to a variety of experiences, including:
- Job shadow opportunities
- Attendance at professional, board, staff, and client meetings
- Review job descriptions in the student's area of interest
- Conduct mock interviews
- Resume and cover letter critiques
- Create informational interview opportunities with other professionals
- Invitations to attend professional gatherings
- Site tours
The program isn't just a win for students - mentors gain a great deal, too.
- Develop coaching and feedback skills
- Chance to screen potential employees
- Opportunity to "give back"
- Increased pride in your career
- Stay connected with new developments
- Gain satisfaction by helping someone get started
The mentor program begins late October/early November for Accounting majors and January for all other majors, and runs through May. If you're considering becoming a mentor and would like to receive more information about the program, send your name, title, company and mailing address to Becky Einolf at email@example.com.
Special Opportunities for Professional Organizations
The PSU/SBA Mentor Program provides rewarding professional development opportunities for members of local professional organizations. By working with a business student, members can help advance their profession through the development of new talent. By establishing partnerships with the Mentor Program, local organizations can also help to strengthen student chapters.
List of Participating Mentors
Business professionals representing a variety of fields and industries have volunteered to serve as mentors to SBA students. Many of our mentors are PSU alumni. Participating companies include:
- Action Sports Media
- Bonneville Power Administration
- CASA of Oregon
- Celerity Energy Inc.
- Corporate Express
- Currie & McLain
- Daily Journal of Commerce
- Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Denkor Management Corp.
- Experio Solutions
- Fahey Ventures LLC
- G. I. Joe's Inc.
- Geffen Meshner & Company P.C.
- Hanna Andersson
- HR Northwest
- InFocus Corp.
- Intel Corp.
- KinderCare Learning Centers
- KPMG LLP
- L B Day Co. Inc.
- Lee Hecht Harrison
- Legacy Health System
- Louisiana Pacific Corp.
- Moffatt/Rosenthal Advertising Inc.
- Moss Adams LLP
- Norris & Stevens
- NW Natural
- O'Neil/Beriault Public Relations
- Oregon Telco Community CU
- Pacific Paper Box
- Pinemeadow Golf
- Port of Portland
- Portland State University
- PR Institute for Nonprofits
- Precision Castparts Corp.
- Procter & Gamble
- Radiall/Larsen Antenna Technologies
- RDD Inc.
- Relations Institute for Nonprofits
- Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc.
- Scottish Power/Pacificorp
- Simpson Property Group
- Standard Insurance Company
- SW Washington Medical Center
- Tektronix Inc.
- The Guardian Life Insurance Co.
- The Moore Co.
- Timberline Software
- Trailblazer Food Products
- Triquint Semiconductor
- U.S. Bank
- UBS PaineWebber
- Unified Western Grocers
- US Bancorp Piper Jaffray
- USDA Forest Service
- Wells Fargo
- Wells Fargo Bank/Real Estate Group
- Western Family Foods Inc.
- Xerox Corp.