Leo Ng, BBA Candidate
Mentee, Mentors in Business Program
What made you sign up for the Mentors in Business (MIB) Program?
The opportunity for professional development. I felt that it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the HR field from professionals willing to dedicate their time and effort in order to help SFU Beedie students grow.
What were your expectations going into the program and how have they been met?
The MIB Program has certainly met and exceeded my expectations! I had expected that my mentor Dana Samman would provide professional development with an HR focus. However, our mentorship relationship now goes beyond the HR theme and focuses on self and personal development.
What three words would you use to describe your mentor?
Unique, insightful, and supportive.
Dana is a great mentor who always listens, brings in both her personal perspectives and professional experience, and provides invaluable feedback and advice. I always feel better prepared to tackle current issues and problems after our meetings.
What has been a program highlight for you?
A major highlight is the personal one-on-one learning. Our introductory meeting after the MIB Program Orientation Breakfast really stands out for me. Dana shared that she wanted to incorporate her own approach to mentoring, and her first lesson can be summed up as follows:
“So Leo, think of it as a three-tiered triangle. At the bottom is knowledge and information. On top is skills and training. You have all this from your past experiences. Through the Career Management Centre’s MIB Program, the goal is to help you self-develop. But in addition to the guidelines provided within the MIB guide, I want to do something different with you.
Throughout the MIB program and beyond, I want to focus on developing you on a professional and personal level. To change you, I want to disrupt your mindset and style. And to do this, I want you to be UNCOMFORTABLE with yourself first to see how you fit in a number of different contexts and cultures. You ready?”
I certainly was!
What advice would you give to employers who may be considering becoming a mentor?
Should you choose to be a mentor in the Mentors in Business Program, you will truly make a difference in a mentee’s life. You’ll be able to see your mentee develop professionally--all because you took the time to share your past experiences, career advice, and wisdom.
Keep in mind that there is no right or wrong answer when providing advice to your mentee. Having listened to your mentee and provided your own perspectives, let the mentee use his own judgement to solve challenges. Trial and error is ultimately where real growth occurs.