Robert J. Trulaske Sr., College of Business, University of Missouri

Alumni Mentor Program - Students

In order to get off to a productive start, it's a good idea to have thought out your expectations and goals of the mentoring relationship prior to the first meeting. What are you looking for in a mentor? A few months from now, what does a successful mentoring relationship look like?

Choosing a mentor

Think about your future career plans. Will this mentor be able to help you with your current concerns and needs to get to that career? Consider what kind of experiences this mentor will be able to share with you. What job assignments has that the mentor has had and how have those assignments developed necessary skills? What lessons has the mentor learned from being in stressful or difficult situations?

Preparing for the first meeting

It's a good idea to have an informational interview early in the relationship. This gives both the mentor and student the opportunity to determine how to make the mentoring relationship valuable for both parties. Before meeting, identify your goals and objectives. What do you want to learn from your mentor? What potential opportunities could come from the relationship? To help you consider this, download and fill out a profile form.

Informational interviews are also a great way to obtain insight in areas that interest you and to develop contacts that may be useful in the future. Download some suggested discussion questions.

FAQ - Students

What does an Alumni Mentor do?

  • An Alumni Mentor will provide advice, assistance and guidance to current Trulaske College of Business students. More broadly, an alumni mentor will help students with their professional development and in their transition from a student to a professional role.

What kind of time should I expect to spend on the program?

  • We ask both mentors and protégés to commit to the relationship for one year (or one academic year) and to commit to interacting at least once or twice a month for a minimum of 2 hours. Evidence suggests that relationships with less interaction time are not as beneficial for either the protégé or the mentor. How you chose to interact (e.g., face-to-face, phone email) is between you and your protégé, although we strongly encourage you to have a face-to-face meeting as soon as possible.
  • Although the formal AMP relationships can continue longer than a year, at the discretion of both participants, we encourage students who want to continue in the program to seek new mentors each year in order to obtain different viewpoints.

How do I start my search for an Alumni Mentor? How long does it take to connect with my Alumni Mentor?

  • After you have completed the online application you will receive an email directing you to the “select a mentor page.” You will then be able to review information about available mentors and choose the person you think you would like to establish a relationship with.
  • After you select a mentor from the “select a mentor page,” you and the mentor will each receive an email with information about the other person. At that time, you should send you alumni mentor a brief introduction email.

What do I do if they make little to no contact with me?

  • If you have not heard back from your mentor after one week from your initial email contact, please send them another courteous and professional email. Please keep in mind that our alumni do travel quite frequently so it might take them a couple of days to return an email. Further, sometimes emails are sent to the junk mail folder. If you have no contact from your mentor after 2 attempts, please contact Daniel Turban (

How should I contact my alumni mentor? Or do they contact me?

  • You should send an introductory email to your mentor to establish contact. Some mentors might contact you first, but always send an introductory email. The introductory email, as with all correspondence with your mentor, should be professional in tone and appearance, should thank the person for serving as a mentor and indicate that you are looking forward to interacting with the person. You might inquire whether it is possible to schedule a time to chat, either face-to-face or by phone.

How should I prepare for meeting my Alumni Mentor?

  • It is important to build rapport with you mentor. This will be easiest to accomplish through small talk and discussing similar interests. It will help if the initial meeting can be face to face, but it is not required. Preparing thoroughly for you initial meeting will provide your mentor with a sense of how important this program is to you. You must manage the relationship and make the most of it. (see the Protégé Guidelines for additional information)
  • Provide information about yourself:
    • Why you chose that person as a mentor 
    • Where you are from 
    • Why you chose MU 
    • Why you chose fill in career 
    • Why you chose this individual to be your mentor 
    • Interests and Hobbies 
    • Prepare questions for your mentor. 
    • About their first job and career history 
    • About their career transitions 
    • What they like and dislike about their job 
    • Personal 
    • Why they volunteered to be a mentor? 
    • What types of hobbies they enjoy? 

Can I change alumni mentors?

  • If you at anytime feel uncomfortable and unhappy with you mentor, please contact Dan Turban and we can try to arrange for a new match.