Mentorships are important for personal and professional development. Through these relationships, knowledge about career choices, best practices and insights into industries is exchanged to help advance future generations of leaders.
The School’s Global Alumni Network Office (GANO) NUS MBA Mentorship programme brings together current MBA students and alumni to exchange knowledge, information, insights and experiences. By playing a direct role in guiding and shaping the next generation of leaders, our NUS MBA alumni contribute to the School in one of the most meaningful ways.
This year some 76 per cent of full-time MBA students signed up for the programme, with some 20 alumni mentors and 44 mentees attending the kick-off event at Boat Quay in Singapore.
First-time mentor, Mr T.C. Tan (Asia-Pacific EMBA (English) 2000) enthused, “Through this mentorship programme, I can give back to my alma mater by helping future leaders. I hope to inspire and add value to my mentees by sharing what worked for me in my career and life.”
Fellow mentor, Titus Yong (MBA, 2000) shared similar sentiments. “From my previous experiences as a mentee, I believe that having a third-party perspective gives you clarity,” he says. “This is my approach to the current programme, but the mentee has to take the initiative.”
For the mentee, it is a great opportunity to learn from the alumni’s journey. Julian Ragragio, Titus’ mentee agrees: “I am hoping to gain new perspectives and a sense of direction for the future through this programme.”
Fellow mentee, Animesh Pant, was equally eager to tap the advice his mentor has to offer. “Having studied in the US, I came to NUS to gain an Asian perspective,” he explains. “This programme will help me to better achieve this.”
Career advice, tips on job hunting and industry insights are among the benefits of the mentorship programme for mentees. It also enables the students to stay engaged and connected with the School’s alumni early on in their careers and, as they progress up the corporate ladder, they are able to leverage these links further. Pauline Wan, Vice-President of the MBA Student Council and mentee shared, “Through the programme, I can tap on the experiences of my mentor and understand how he balances business in connection with healthcare regulations.”
Beyond helping further with their careers, the programme enables mentees to discover their passion for what they truly believe in. “I have two mentees, both not from my sector,” said mentor Yap Shih Chia (MBA, 2012), “But my goal is to help them discover themselves.”
Fellow mentor, Amelia Ching (Asia Pacific EMBA, English, 2000), concurred: “I will be helping my two mentees understand that they have to find what drives them. It is important to have a passion for what you do.” Mentee Nguyen Anh Hai holds similar views. “You have to have an interest in what you do,” she said. “I am looking for the MBA to give me a global perspective so that I can understand my customers better.”
There is certainly no lack of knowledge out there. No wonder then, that this mentorship programme is truly valuable for our MBA students.