A mentor is a more experienced person who has volunteered to build a trusting relationship with a less experienced person for the purpose of providing guidance and support toward collaboratively established goals. PDI Mentoring is an interactive process between a mentor and a student which is centrally focused on the career and professional development of students. Through discovery and strategic action, effective one-on-one mentoring provides both the student and the mentor with overall personal growth and opportunities for career and professional development.
Any actively enrolled UB student may request a PDI Mentor.
Students should request a mentor to discover ways to:
We have open application periods just before and at the start of fall and spring semesters. Check the Student Information page or click the link below for the online application.
To become a PDI Mentor, you must:
PDI Mentors are successful professionals at UB. They are a select group of UB faculty, staff and alumni who hold at minimum a bachelor's degree and have a wide range of professional experience. They are ready to help support and guide students through completion of PDI requirements, discuss their career goals and objectives, and provide advice as deemed appropriate. As volunteers, they bring to the mentoring experience a passion for helping students maximize their full potential.
Staff members from both PDI and the Career and Professional Development Center will match mentors with students. The match will be based on the best fit between:
A minimum of one hour of contact time per mentee per month during the semester is required for fostering a successful, productive partnership. More time may be necessary depending on a student's particular goals. Mentoring relationships are generally expected to last at least six months or until a student graduates.
Mentors may vary communication modes for mentoring sessions. A combination of face-to-face, phone, and email communication can produce meaningful results.
Who is the Professional Development Institute coordinator?
Please contact Ray McCree, director of the Career and Professional Development Center, for more information.
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