Mentoring

 

Mentoring Guidelines

Mentoring is a critical tool for bringing changing in the student’s thought process, habits, daily routine, study behaviour, and other activities that occupy his time.

Mentoring should be voluntary and the student should be willing to participate in this process.

Those students who are not interested in post-MBA career should be guided, which is different from mentoring.

This process relates fully to mentoring , and partly to guiding.

Our goals of mentoring the students is :

(1)   Building career-related skills in the student

(2)   Transforming students’ thought process so that (a) he works hard (b) he is deeply career-oriented (c) he is positive-minded (d) he thinks creatively (e) he has ‘can-do’ attitude  (f) he can communicate effectively (g) he has conceptual and analytical skills

(h) he speaks and writes good English ( i ) he uses his time productively (j) he is disciplined.

Mentoring Process

Understanding the students’ life goals and needs:  The allotted mentor should understand the life goals, thought processes, and needs of student. The student should be asked to write a note on: (1) what he wants to become after MBA (2) what he wants to achieve (3) what skills he has and (4) what he lacks and wants to add.

SWOT Analysis: Student should be made to understand his (1) strengths (2) weaknesses (3) opportunities ( related to his strengths), and (4) threats ( what may go wrong with his current strengths and opportunities ).

Goal- setting: The mentor should help the student in setting his goals. Goals should be measurable, achievable, specific, and challenging. There should be no imposition of goals by the mentor; the student has to set them for himself on his own.

 

Identification of subordinate goals and activities to support the main goals: The mentor should help the student in identifying and setting subordinate and supporting goals that pave the way for achieving the main goal.

 

Some subordinate/supporting goals include, for example, : (1) Excel and Advanced Excel

( 2) Tally  (3) Internships (4 ) Projects and mini-projects (5) Case Writing (6) Case Analyses (7) Certifications in relevant specialisations from NPTEL or SWAYAM etc. ( 8) making at 25 classroom presentations of 10.00 minutes each.(9) Participation in at least six (6) Over- the –dais- discussions (10) Designing and executing quiz programs for deepening conceptual knowledge  (11) Making students part of (a) Quiz Program Groups, (b ) English Language groups, ( c ) News Paper Summary Writing Groups, ( d) Guest Lecture Groups (e) Industrial Visit Organization  groups  (f)  Writing Small Cases (g ) News Paper Summary Presentation Groups  (h) getting British Council English certifications.

 

The goals should be of two types. They are: (1) Common/ General Goals (2) Career Goals. Subordinate goals are specific to the career goals.

What to do with weaknesses: All expressed weaknesses should be converted into small goals.

Mentor should monitor and check the mentee’s following the mentor’s suggestions on subordinate goals.

Club Activity should be organized by student groups.

Speaking in English is mandatory; everybody should speak in English only, no local language should be used in the campus.

One big white board  set up for exclusively writing (1) News summary (2) Usage of 10 English words and phrases should be systematically used. Student groups should be assigned with the job of using those white boards.

Story books ( like Who Moved My Cheese? Or One Minute Manager etc.)  have to be purchased; the mentors should prescribe those books to the mentees and the mentee has to narrate the story.

Twinkle Digest : The students should also be assigned with reading Twinkle Digest.

Readers Digest: The mentees should be assigned with reading and summarising the topics in Readers Digest.

Proficiency Tests: Mentors should give proficiency tests to mentors to measure their English knowledge level. The tests should be in four levels.

Mentoring Log Book: A mentoring log book should be maintained for each student for the next two years. The front page should contain all details of the student. The log book should show: goals set, suggestions made, student’s compliance, mentor’s comments.  Student not following the mentor’s suggestions should be corrected with minor, symbolic punishments.

 

The log book’s inner pages should have the following details.

 

Session Date

Issues noted/ Goals/ Sub-goals set

Mentor’s Suggestions

Action taken by mentee

Mentor’s suggestions