CBS Career Academy

CBS Career Academy is an exclusive mentoring programme for a selected group of dedicated CBS students. Interested in giving back?

The deadline for applying as a mentor for Career Academy was 5 June 2017 but despite deadline having passed, we still encourage you to apply as we are always looking for mentors for our career-related projects and programmes. We will look specifically for Career Academy mentors again in the beginning of 2018.

You can apply by filling out this APPLICATION FORM and we will then evaluate applications continuously and contact you when new possibilities appear.

 

What is CBS Career Academy?

CBS Career Academy is an exclusive mentoring programme for a selected group of dedicated CBS students. The programme is targeted first-year master students and runs from November to March every year. he students are selected based on their academic background, experience, motivation and willingness to commit to and engage in the mentoring process. We seek to create a highly diverse group of students from various backgrounds and experience levels.

We expect a minimum of 200 students to participate in the 2017/2018 programme in mentor groups of 6-10 students. Both Danish and international students are encouraged to apply for the programme.

The CBS Career Academy is initiated and run by CBS Careers, a part of CBS Business. The overall purpose of the programme is to facilitate a strong group-oriented learning environment to enhance employability through inspiration, sharing, guidance, challenges and reflection. Through personal and professional insights and understanding we aspire to enhance the students’ ability to reflect upon their career and make qualified career decisions before landing their first job.

When will it take place?

Career Academy's timetable, mentors and mentees:

  • Application process for mentors: 16.5.-5.6 2017
  • Screening, selection and profile information: June & August
  • Mentor network kick-off: 4 September
  • Application process for students: 11.9-24.9. 2017
  • Match of mentor and mentees: 25.9.-6.10. 2017
  • Kick-off for participants (optional for mentors): 1.11. 2017
  • 1st mentor session: week 45 (decided by the mentor)
  • 2nd-4th mentor session: weeks 48-11 (agreed upon in the group)
  • Finale event with mentors & mentees: week 12 2018
  • Application process for mentors 2018/19: May-June 2018 (and ongoing)
  • Mentor network meetings: 10 October, 24 January, 1 March, 7 May.
Who are we looking for as mentors? 

We are looking for experienced people who are interested in taking on a voluntary mentor role for CBS students. The mentor is responsible for planning and facilitating four mentoring meetings for a group of 6-10 students, based on self-chosen themes, that will enhance the students’ ability to reflect on their careers. 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 for being a mentor, 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.

Why become a mentor - what's in it for you?

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 before, during and after the programme, starting with a kick-off event in September. The purpose of the networking events is to provide the mentors the opportunity to meet and spare 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 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 student 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.

Getting the personal profile requires that you participate in the kick-off event in September.

Overview of the meetings in the Mentor Network:

  • Kick-off: 4 September at 16.30-19.30 with Christian Stadil Hahn as inspirational speaker
  • 1st network meeting: 10 October 2017
  • 2nd network meeting: 24 January 2018
  • 3rd network meeting: 1 March 2018
  • 4th network meeting: 7 May 2018 with Stine Bosse as guest speaker

How does the group mentoring work?

Each mentor group will consist of 6-10 students who will be paired with a mentor of their own choice as part of the application process. The mentor will be in charge of four mentor meetings, each of which will last between 2-3 hours. Before the programme starts, the mentors will receive relevant information about each mentee, e.g. CV, motivation for attendance, contact information etc. We suggest that the first meeting will be held in week 45, and the second, third and fourth meeting will be held in the weeks between week 48 (2017) and week 11 (2018). If you have time, you are welcome to participate in the programme kick-off on 1 November 2017 where you can meet the mentees.

1ST MEETING

WEEK 45

  • Match expectations
  • Establishing common ground for the group (goals, mindset, values)
  • Building trust and commitment
  • Settle dates & themes for the following meetings

2ND MEETING

  • Thematized dialogue

3RD MEETING

  • Thematized dialogue

4TH MEETING

  • Thematized dialogue
  • Feedback
  • Evaluation
  • Next step: What should be the students’ next step?

 

The mentor is in charge of setting the dates, themes etc. with the group and CBS Career Academy ask you to notify us about your agreements in order to have an overview. We recommend each mentor group to create a Facebook-group (by student initiative) which can be used for communication, planning and as a platform for both the mentor and the mentees to share relevant information.You might consider providing the students with smaller assignments between each mentor meeting to help them engage even more in the process. However this should be discussed in the first meeting when setting the framework and agreeing upon the group process to ensure commitment from the whole group.

When involving students it is important to be flexible, since the students both have studies, work and other activities which take a lot of their time in different periods. It is therefore a good idea for the mentor to make the students aware of his/her expectations regarding attendance and commitment. This should be agreed upon already at the first meeting to ensure common ground for the meetings.

If you need input on themes to bring forward in the group, you may be inspired from the following list:

  • Insights into your specific field of expertise (industry, business area, career path)
  • Discussion of important dilemmas within the industry or business area
  • Discussion of different career possibilities within your industry or business area
  • Reflection upon personal values, drivers and preferences in relation to the first job
  • The difficulties in navigating in a fast moving and rapidly changing business world.
  • How to navigate in a fast moving and rapidly changing business world
  • Discussion of alternate career paths – going beyond the “obvious CBS career path” (big companies and consultancies)
  • Introducing to case/examples related to your field of expertise
  • Challenge the student’s assumptions and perspectives in regards to their career and first job
CBS’ role

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, the kick-off event and the final academy event, 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.

Application process, deadlines and contact 

The application 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 2017/18 programme. All applicants will be informed about the first round selections between late-June and mid-August.

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!

The application deadline is 5 June 2017 and you can get started by following this link:

APPLICATION FORM

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.

Kind regards,

CBS Business, Careers

FAQ 

Here you will find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the mentor role in CBS Career Academy.

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.

What are the important dates I need to be aware of before I apply?
The application deadline for this years’ Career Academy is 5 June. We continuously look for more mentors so please apply even if the application deadline is overdue.

The mentor kick-off meeting is 4 September and the first mentor-mentee meeting is to be held in week 45.

You will find other important dates in the text above.

 

 

The page was last edited by: Alumni // 06/21/2017