Become a mentor

Become a mentor, engage with the new generation and experience mutual growth.

 

CBS Business Menter Programme
Photo: Bjarke MacCarthy

The traditional way of doing and organising business is changing and organisations become more digitalised. The framework for mentoring must therefore adapt and reflect the trends and aspects of the society in which we live, work and do business.  

The CBS Business Mentor Programme is more than a traditional mentor programme and we are looking for alumni and associates worldwide, who wish to engage with our students in a mentor relationship to help the future generation prepare for a job market in rapid change. 

 

The CBS Business Mentor Programme brings you the opportunity to:

  • Engage with either current bachelor’s or master’s students
  • Attend the mentor programme from any location worldwide via Skype
  • Contribute to the programme with your area of expertise
  • Attend workshops and professional events with focus on digitalisation, disruption, social responsibility and the organisation of the future
 

Timeline for mentoring bachelor students and master's students:

There will be a different focus and timeline for the bachelor's programme and the master's programme, due to different periods for exams, among others.

  • The mentoring sessions for bachelor’s students begin in January 2019 and concludes in June 2019
  • The mentoring sessions for master’s students begin in November 2018 and concludes in April 2019
 

Becoming a mentor

The mentor programme is still open for applications.

Apply online to become a mentor with the CBS Business Mentor Programme 2018-19

Get inspired and read the article ‘Why 46 CBS alumni choose to ‘pay it forward’ as mentors

 
Who can become a mentor? 
A mentor with CBS Business is not only great role models within their industry and field of expertise. They also embrace the importance and implications of globalisation, digitalisation, mobility and social responsibility across the business world and society as a whole. They are curious, eager to learn and can pass on their wisdom and knowledge in order to support and prepare the current students for the future employment market.
 
As a mentor, you take on a voluntary role engaging with current students from CBS. We expect our mentors to have both extensive work experience within their field of expertise and group facilitating,such as, mentoring, workshops, team leading. We seek both Danish and English speaking mentors. Preferably, you speak both languages as the programme will be facilitated in English. 
 
In order to apply as a mentor with CBS Business you have to be an alum and therefore hold a degree from CBS. You can also have one of our CBS partners to recommend you for the programme. In addition, you must commit to at least four mentoring sessions over a period of six to nine months. 
 

The role and requirements of a mentor

Now you have the chance to become a mentor for either current bachelor students or master’s students:
  • Requirements for mentoring current bachelor’s students:
    You have to be an alumni from CBS holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree with a minimum of 2-3 years of relevant work experience after graduating. 
  • Requirements for mentoring current master’s students:
    You have to be an alumni from CBS holding a degree at the level of a master’s degree with a minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience. 

    Are you not sure, if you qualify as an alum? Please view CBS’ definition of CBS alumni

 
Besides being responsible for facilitating and planning the themes for each mentor session, the mentor is also responsible for providing a meeting venue. We recommend the mentor’s workplace as venue for the meetings, but we emphasize that we collaborate with the mentor and not the company. If you are located outside The Greater Copenhagen Area, you are responsible for providing mentor sessions through Skype. 
 
It is important that you have a strong interest in the students and are willing to allocate the necessary time for the mentor programme (preparations, meetings, follow up, among others.).
 
Please note that the mentor role is a volunteer activity. Mentors are not entitled to any salary or remuneration.
 

Mentor options - Get involved from any location: 

You can now become a mentor for current students from CBS wherever you are located in the world:

  1. Facilitate group mentoring for three to six master’s students  
  2. Facilitate group mentoring for two to four bachelor’s students 
  3. Facilitate skype mentoring for one master’s student
  4. Facilitate skype mentoring for one bachelor’s student
  5. Facilitate “mentoring on demand” for a group of students
    (three times per 20 minutes at an event held at CBS)
  6. Facilitate an inspirational presentation at one of our mentor/mentee network meetings
Why become a mentor - what's in it for you?
With the ever-changing dynamics of the business fields, digitalization, knowledge and knowledge sharing has become more important than ever. As a mentor, you get the opportunity to give something valuable back to CBS and to expand your own knowledge through the mentees’ perspective. Mentoring will contribute to personal and professional development for both you and the mentee, as well as, shaping the direction of future generations within the field of your expertise. For this mentor programme, you will: 
 
Engage with motivated students from CBS
Gain new knowledge and inspiration
Get mentor skills training (2.5 hours)
Get invitation to inspirational meetings and professional events (including CBS Business Connect)
Become part of a strong mentor network 
 
Mentor testimonials

“My employer gets an employee with an increased understanding of younger colleagues’ need for support or guidance in their tasks. Also, I work in a Danish company that frequently hires new employees – and the more qualified and reflected the graduates are, the better. That benefits not only my company, but also Danish and European society as a whole”

Oliver Victor Wormslev Petersen, Senior Route Development Manager at Copenhagen Airport
 

"As a mentor, I personally benefit from the new perspectives that the students bring into our mentee sessions. They are not shy of challenging and engaging in a constructive dialogue on every subject – from how to construct a good resume to how you can approach specific tasks within sales, marketing, and management. On a professional level, I gain insights into how future job seekers think and what career opportunities they dream of. My group of mentees is furthermore very international which gives me the added benefit of diverse perspectives on the topics we discuss."

Peder Kofoed Pedersen, Regional Sales Manager in Hilti

CBS’ role
CBS Business facilitates the process of recruiting and matching the mentors and mentees. The process of matching is based upon the student’s career objectives. CBS also assists with consultation and inspiration when needed both prior and during the CBS Business Mentor Programme.
 
CBS offers all mentors free access to the event ‘CBS Business Connect’ and our alumni network throughout and after the programme / and to CBS’ official alumni network CBS Alumni.
Learn more about CBS Alumni   
 
As a mentor, you will receive an introduction to the role of mentoring and how to make it your own. The mentees will likewise receive an introduction on what is expected of them in terms of commitment, motivation and how to step into the mentee role. This helps to increase the value of the programme for both the mentors and the mentees.

Application process, deadlines and contact

CBS Business facilitates the process of recruiting and matching the mentors and mentees. The process of matching is based upon the student’s career objectives. CBS also assists with consultation and inspiration when needed both prior and during the CBS Business Mentor Programme.

 
CBS offers all mentors free access to the event ‘CBS Business Connect’ and our alumni network throughout and after the programme / and to CBS’ official alumni network CBS Alumni.
 
As a mentor, you will receive an introduction to the role of mentoring and how to make it your own. The mentees will likewise receive an introduction on what is expected of them in terms of commitment, motivation and how to step into the mentee role. This helps to increase the value of the programme for both the mentors and the mentees. 
 
In the selection process of becoming a mentor, we will look at work experience and general qualifications as well as your motivation. We will also look at the composition of the mentor team in order to match the interests of our students as well as ensuring diversity, such as gender, age, seniority, size of company, international experience, industries and business areas. 
The selected mentors are asked to submit a profile consisting of personal and professional information. The profiles will be used in an online mentor catalogue and give the students a proper foundation for choosing their preferred mentor in the mentor programme.
 

Application deadlines:

  • Primo August 2018: Information package to mentors
  • 17 August 2018: Profile submission deadline to the online 'mentor catalogue'
  • 20 September 2018: Mentor kick-off sessions and mentor training

If you have any inquiries, you are welcome to contact us on cbsmentor@cbs.dk.

FAQ 
Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the mentor role at CBS.
 
I am not a CBS alumnus. Can I still apply to become a mentor?
Primarily, we want to collaborate with motivating and inspiring CBS alumni and CBS collaborators who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience. However, if you are not a CBS alumnus but have another connection to CBS and want to pass on your personal and professional experience to dedicated students, please feel free to apply.
 
Is it a prerequisite that I can host the mentor meetings at my company?
To ensure the group planning process and the logistics around the meetings run smoothly, we plan the meetings to take place at your workplace. This will also minimise your own transportation time etc. You can choose another suitable location for the meetings as long as it is in the Greater Copenhagen Area and easy to access for the students. In special cases, it will be possible to have the meetings at CBS e.g. if the logistics are too challenging (see below). 
 
How many hours of preparation do you estimate I have to spend before each meeting?
Taking on the mentor role implies dedicating some time before and after the mentor meetings to ensure good planning and follow up. Each meeting is of 2-3 hours’ duration to which you should add around 2-4 hours of preparation depending on the theme, facilitation and level of preparation from the students. You can choose to involve the students in the preparation of the meetings. It is recommended that this is discussed and agreed upon already in your first meeting. Dialogue and coordination with the group will be needed between the meetings. .
 
Can I take part in the selection of the students?
CBS is responsible for the selection of the participants in this year’s programme according to overall guidelines. The best way to be involved in this process is through the mentor presentation in our online “mentor catalogue”. Here we encourage you to share important professional and personal information to help the students prioritise mentors. The online “mentor catalogue” is a part of the second round of the mentor recruitment process.
 
Do the mentor meetings have to be in English?
The applicants are both Danish and international students and some of them do not speak Danish. Therefore, we need to know if you are able to hold the meetings in English and/or Danish. This information will appear in the “mentor catalogue” to ensure the right fit between mentors and students.
 
How many students do you recommend in a group?
To ensure the establishment of a high level of trust, openness, engagement and commitment, we recommend a group size of approx. 6 participants. We know from experience that larger groups may reduce the feeling of commitment and obligation towards the group. Having a group of 6 also makes it possible to share more in-depth information and have time for deeper discussions in the meetings.
However, you may have other experiences and can therefore decide on the optimal group size for your group.

 

The page was last edited by: Alumni // 11/21/2018