Become a mentor
We continuously seek collaboration with motivating and inspiring CBS alumni who are interested in paying their knowledge and experience forward.
This is your chance as a CBS alum or associate to help guide the future generation of CBS talents. As a mentor you get to:
- Share knowledge and experiences you have gained in your career so far.
- Inspire and engage with students in a group-oriented learning environment.
- Guide and provide value to the future generation within your field of expertise.
- Challenge the students’ career-related mindset and perspectives.
You can apply as a mentor by filling out this APPLICATION FORM. We will evaluate applications continuously and we will contact you when new possibilities appear.
We are looking for experienced people who are interested in taking on a voluntary mentor role for CBS students. We expect the mentors to both have a solid work experience within their field of expertise, and with group facilitating, e.g. mentoring, workshop and project team, team leading etc. We seek both Danish and English speaking mentors because the students have various backgrounds. It will be preferred if you can speak both languages.
Besides being responsible for facilitating and planning the themes for each mentor session, the mentor is also responsible for providing a meeting location. To ensure that the students will be able to attend the meetings, you must choose a location in the Greater Copenhagen Area. We recommend the mentor’s workplace as a location for the meetings, but we emphasise that it is the mentor and not the company we collaborate with.
We especially encourage CBS alumni and CBS associates to apply as mentors, but we also encourage you to apply if you have another connection to CBS and CBS' students. We expect the mentors to have a desire for challenging and encouraging students on a personal as well as a professional level. For this reason, it is important that the mentors have a strong interest in the students and are willing to allocate the necessary time for the programme (preparations, meetings, follow up etc.).
Please note that the mentor role is offered on a volunteer basis. Mentors are not entitled to any salary or remuneration.
Being a mentor is a great opportunity to give something valuable back to CBS through the students and to take part in shaping the future generation within the mentor’s field. The role as a mentor will contribute to personal development and hopefully create value for both the mentor and the students.
Mentoring also gives you the opportunity to be a part of the CBS mentor network hosted by CBS Business, Careers. We will host four network meetings throughout the duration of the mentoring programme. The purpose of the networking events is to provide the mentors the opportunity to meet and spar with each other. With contributions from external speakers, the network meetings will also give the mentors new insights and inspiration for their mentor role.
When engaging yourself as a mentor, you can get a Personal Insights®Discovery Profile based on your work preferences, to support you in your mentor role. Such a personal profile can also be created to your students which can be used as a common framework when approaching personal issues in the group. If, how and when you choose to do so is completely up to you.
"I’m a mentor because I want to help young students who experience increasing expectations to perform. I want to create a safe space where the students can talk to me and each other about the incertainties and considerations they have about the future work life. I have been in their shoes – I’m just a few kilometers ahead of them. The knowledge and experience I have gained by walking those extra kilometers, I would like to share with them."
Tenna Weng Pedersen, co-founder TWP Consult.
"I want to give back what I myself have received; my own experiences with being a mentee have been important for journey both personal and career-wise and I want to pay it forward. As a mentor you get your ear to the ground and understand the challenges people have today when they want to move on. It is amazing knowledge for me to get in regards to my own employees and recruitment processes.
My advice: DO IT! It pays you back much more than the effort it takes. Also it’s a great way to become aware of what it takes to develop yourself in the direction you wish to go. That part will always be relevant to me."
Vibeke Nordrehaug, Head of Marketing Nordic, Bayer Animal Health Division
CBS will handle the recruitment of both mentors and mentees. The mentors and mentees are paired on the basis of some overall common guidelines. CBS will moreover host the mentor network meetings and assist with consultation and inspiration when needed both before and during the mentor process. If a need for general communication between the mentees and mentors arise, CBS will also be in charge of that.
For the duration of the programme, CBS will support the mentees’ learning and reflection processes with workshop offerings from CBS Skills Academy and CBS Job Academy together with short “learning letters/videos” providing the students with inspiration for reflection. When the programme is finished, CBS will ask mentors and mentees to complete an evaluation of the programme in order to make improvements in the future.
CBS will also host a common social media platform for mentors and mentees. Further information will follow.
From time to time we will have certain specific deadlines for mentor applications for our various academies and projects, but it is important for us that interested possible mentors always can contact us and show their interest by filling out the application. The application form is therefore always open. We evaluate applications continuously.
When we open the application process for CBS Career Academy, the process consists of two rounds.
In the first round you will be asked to fill out an online questionnaire to provide us with general information about you. When the deadline has passed, we will screen the applicants and select the mentors for the upcoming programme.
The selected mentors will move on to round two, which will also consists of an online survey. The purpose of this survey is, to get more detailed information about you, which will be used in our online descriptions of the mentors. All mentors will be presented in a “mentor catalogue” with personal as well as professional details to give the students a proper foundation for choosing their preferred mentor in the programme.
If you think taking on a mentor role would be something for you – please do not hesitate to apply!
Even if the deadline has passed, you can still apply. We continuously search for new mentors, and we look forward to hearing from anyone interested in this opportunity.
If you have any inquiries, you are welcome to contact us on: CareerAcademy@cbs.dk
Thank you for your interest in CBS Career Academy.
CBS Business, Careers
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).
My company is located outside Greater Copenhagen Area. Is it still relevant to apply?
The Greater Copenhagen Area outlines the geographical range for the location of the mentor meetings. This geographical range ensures that the students have easy access to the location. If you have another location available within the area, you can choose this for the meetings. In special cases, it will be possible to have the meetings at CBS. Please let us know if you have any concerns about location. .
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.p.
How many years of work experience do you require as a minimum?
Being a mentor implies passing on experience and knowledge to the students helping them to navigate, clarify and be more mindful about their career choices. To do so it’s important that you have a solid foundation both personally and professionally. 6-8 years of professional experience is a good indicator but it’s also a matter of your personality and your experience as a group facilitator.
“If you ask any successful businessperson, they will always (say they) have had a great mentor at some point along the road.” – Richard Branson
“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” – Bill Gates
“A small amount of time invested on your part to share your expertise can open up a new world for someone else.” – Mark Zuckerberg
“I am also a passionate believer in mentors and role models” - Christine Lagarde