College of Business Major Mentor Program Focuses on Career Development
Since the inception of the College of Business Major Mentor Program (MMP) at Clayton State University has had a strong focus on career development and is fueling success for the many students who have participated.
The mentors meet with the mentees one-on-one, online, or in a group setting to discuss their concerns with a major of choice as well as providing resources and advice aimed at cultivating an atmosphere for success. During these past two years, the Major Mentor Program served an estimated 150 Clayton State students and has produced 28 major mentors who have agreed to return as alumni to help guide College of Business students with their career choices and to help motivate them on the importance of taking their college years, seriously.
“The Major Mentor Program has had a positive impact on the participating students as well as being an invaluable resource for the students,” says Sherwin E. James, MMP program coordinator. “There has been a strong interest and response from students towards the program.”
Presently, there are six mentors who are providing service to their peers: Garron Barrett, Accounting, Plainfield, N.J.; Kevin Blair, Supply Chain Management, Atlanta; Hoang-Kheim Ha, Management, Vietnam; Ezekiel Jones (Former BBA - Marketing) Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business; Newnan, Ga., Rachel Mannor, Accounting, Fayetteville, Ga.,; and Carmen Williams, General Business, McDonough, Ga.
“The Major Mentor program in the College of Business has been an effective innovation in the area of student advisement and retention, with exceptionally high level of satisfaction amongst participating mentors and mentees,” says Dean of the College of Business, Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee. “No wonder, our College of Business has been consistently ranked at the top amongst peer schools in the national EBI survey on advising quality in the past seven years.”
“My experience with the College of Business Major Mentor Program has been great!” says Barrett. “It has been a great opportunity to guide students to an accounting degree and a career in accountancy.”
“I have truly had an honor and a pleasure to serve as a mentor representing the Supply Chain Management program for Clayton State's College of Business,” adds Blair. “Over the last few semesters, serving as a mentor I have had an enjoyable experience sharing my input and knowledge of the supply chain degree. Helping students declare a major, providing study tips and strategies, and up-to-date advice are just to name a few of the things I admire doing. Having a positive impact on a student's life produces a wonderful feeling that I find gratifying!” – Kevin Blair (Supply Chain Management Mentor)
Since the mentors express a high degree of satisfaction with the program, it’s easy to imagine that the mentees feel the same way
"I am truly glad to have attended the Business Major Mentor program Speed Meeting event,” says Talia H. Badru, a Pre-Business mentee. “It has greatly aided me in both my professional and school career. Thank you to the College of Business."
"The student major mentor program was a great way for me to gain insightful information on my major and see how I could utilize my major once I graduate,” adds Management mentee Angelica Carmichael. “I was able to take the advice of my student mentor and apply it to appropriate classes that I haven't even thought of taking and now I'm even closer to graduation!"
The Major Mentor program offers the following services; study skills coaching, guidance towards degree and career, information about merit-based awards and scholarship opportunities, professor feedback, tips on how to become a successful student, etc. In addition to the services provided, the program will be putting together a “Success Guide” for all college of business students to help better equip them as students at Clayton State University.
One of the MMP’s new initiatives this semester is the development of a blog to be written by a mentor. This is intended to serve as a conduit where students could read on a variety of topics and ultimately help these students elevate their success as College of Business students.