Carve out your path for success with help from a mentor.
As a member of the Professional Development Institute, you'll receive one-on-one mentoring and a tailored plan to advance your career. Apply to be matched with a mentor now.
Your certificate is made up of three components that you'll complete in consultation with your mentor.
You'll attend our kickoff; meet your mentor; explore career planning tools; update your resume, portfolio and/or LinkedIn profiles; and more.
FundamentalsYou'll address these four areas of focus through workshops, activities or experiences:
- Global Awareness
Learning Goal: Connect knowledge with choices and actions that engage others in diverse local and global communities.
Learning Goal: Communicate effectively in various media.
- Ethics and Leadership
Learning Goal: Acquire knowledge about models of ethical behavior and understand its implications in the development of personal and professional relationships.
- Personal and Professional Competence
Learning Goal: Apply strategies that enhance professional and personal competence.
For examples of ways to complete these requirements, you can review our suggested workshops, activities and experiences by focus area.
- Global Awareness
You'll complete one or more experiences that are connected to your career goals, such as:
- academic or professional research
- internship/cooperative education
- officer role in a student organization, student government or sport club
- becoming a peer network adviser or Achievement and Learning Center tutor
- presenting at a conference or workshop
- substantial volunteer or service experience
- studying abroad
- work experience related to your career goals
- other (with mentor's approval).
Frequently Asked Questions
What does one-on-one mentoring mean?
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.
Through the Professional Development Institute, mentoring is an interactive process between a mentor and a student that is centrally focused on the career and professional development of the student. 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.
Who can request a mentor?Any actively enrolled UB student may request a mentor.
Why should I request a mentor?
Students should request a mentor to discover ways to:
- interact with an objective source of encouragement, support and challenge
- boost your self-confidence and self-awareness
- identify meaningful, achievable goals
- develop a plan to achieve your academic and career development goals
- balance work, school and life
- think from a different perspective
- build a social and career network.
When can I request a mentor?
We have open application periods at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters.
How are mentors assigned to students?
The match will be based on the best fit between:
- the student's personal development
- the mentor’s educational background and professional expertise
- personality strengths
- time availability (schedules).
What's the time commitment?
A minimum of one hour of contact time per month during the semester is required for fostering a successful, productive partnership. More time may be necessary depending on your particular goals. Mentoring relationships are generally expected to last at least six months or until graduation.
How do mentors and students communicate?
Mentors and students may vary communication modes for mentoring sessions. A combination of face-to-face, phone and email communication can produce meaningful results.
How do I apply?If you are interested in applying, please complete the application form.