As part of the scheme there are three mentoring dinners throughout the academic year, the second of which was held last week at Aston Business School. Over 40 businesses and students attended, giving both mentors and mentees another opportunity to meet face-to-face and for alumni to network with fellow mentors.
Mentors in attendance included representatives from Mondelez International, IBM, Reuters, GE and Deutsche Bank, all of whom are alumni of the Aston MBA which this week was rated one of the world's best in new rankings carried out by CEO magazine..
Professor Richard Crisp, social psychologist and Associate Dean Research and Enterprise, opened proceedings with a short presentation on his research and how the study of social psychology is applicable to business.
The MBA students were also invited to speak throughout the meal and many were keen to praise the benefits of the mentoring scheme and what it has meant for them so far.
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 onto the real world of business, showing us how to apply everything we are learning.”
Prasad Hattikudur, Assistant Vice-President at Deutsche Bank and Aston MBA graduate of 2012, said:
“I only wish the mentoring programme had been available when I was an Aston student – it is an invaluable golden opportunity for learning from experts in the industry.”
Mentors and mentees have been carefully matched according to background and industry sector. Each pair were able to spend time together during dinner, and many chose to also meet on a one-to-one basis beforehand. Students and mentors have also been developing their relationships through email and phone as well as face-to-face visits
Kirit Vaidya, Director of the Aston MBA, is delighted with the success of the programme so far and said:
“The MBA mentoring programme is just one example of Aston continually developing and building on its MBA offering to meet the needs of students. The programme offers our students 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 forwards and lead and inspire others.”
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The Aston MBA is designed for managers who want to accelerate their thinking, career and potential. Available in three pathways, students can choose to study: