For Aston Business School MBAs, it’s a match made in heaven. A new scheme pairs current students with an alumni mentor who has broken into business management.
Mentors include representatives from Mondelez International, IBM, Reuters, General Electric and Deutsche Bank, all of whom are alumni of the Aston MBA, which in February was ranked among the best by CEO Magazine.
Prasad Hattikudur, assistant VP at Deutsche Bank and Aston MBA graduate of 2012, said: “I only wish the mentoring program had been available when I was an Aston student — it is an invaluable, golden opportunity for learning from experts.”
Mentors and mentees have been carefully matched according to background and industry sector. Students and mentors have been developing their relationships through email and phone calls, as well as face-to-face visits. One such visit was a recent mentoring dinner held at Aston Business School, one of three throughout the academic year.
More than 40 businesses and students attended, giving both mentors and mentees another opportunity to meet face-to-face and network.
The MBA students were also invited to speak throughout the meal and many were keen to praise the benefits of the mentoring scheme.
Baljeet Baba, a biologist and full-time MBA student from India, said: “The MBA mentoring scheme has been by far the best part of the MBA journey — our mentors are our windows into the real world of business, showing us how to apply everything we are learning.”
Kirit Vaidya, director of the Aston MBA, is delighted with the success of the program so far. “The MBA mentoring program is just one example of Aston continually developing and building on its MBA offering to meet the needs of students,” he said.
It offers MBAs who have high aspirations the ability to “learn directly from top business professionals; developing their industry knowledge and enhancing their ability to drive their careers forward and lead and inspire others”.