COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

 

Louisiana Tech Business Connect

Louisiana Tech Business Connect is an online platform that brings together alumni and MBA students in a formal professional mentor/mentee relationship. Current College of Business students value the advice and real-world experience that our alumni offer. Louisiana Tech Business Connect allows you to give back on your time. The online platform helps students find the best possible fit, while also making it easy to communicate. Our MBA program has expanded significantly over the past few years, with students spanning the globe. This platform allows them to make a meaningful connection with you—our outstanding alumni. 

FAQ for Alumni

 Why should I participate in Louisiana Tech Business Connect?

  • COB students are willing and eager to learn from your professional and personal experience. With your wisdom and guidance, you can positively impact the life of a current student to make sure they get the most out of their academic experience. Mentorship can provide lasting relationships that will continue to grow and evolve far beyond graduation.

What is expected of me as a mentor?

  • The program is designed to engage alumni volunteers of all backgrounds and experience level. Mentorship is all about what you want to make it! Mentors and mentees are encouraged to connect on a regular basis (i.e. once a month via phone call, email, or Zoom conversation). However, you both can determine the frequency and form of communication. In the platform, you can indicate the ways you are willing to help. Examples include: introduce students to your professional connections; provide interview or career coaching; review resumes; or answer questions specific to your industry.

How will a mentor match be made?

  • Once you join Louisiana Tech Business Connect and indicate your willingness to serve as a mentor, you’ll be a part of the exclusive, online mentoring community. On a rolling basis, COB MBA students will have a chance to join and review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interest and career goals. Once a student finds their ideal mentor, the student will send a direct message requesting to be your mentee. From there, mentors will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly. Additionally, the platform will provide students with suggested matches based on profile similarities.

I’m still receiving messages from students requesting mentorship, yet I have already accepted my maximum number of mentees. What do I do?

  • Once you have accepted all the mentees you are able to mentor, you may update your profile to change your availability. Within your profile, you can unselect the “Willing to be a mentor” box. You can do so by clicking on the “Me” tab on the top menu bar, then click “Update my profile” and uncheck “Willing to be a mentor.” This will signal that you are no longer available for mentorship and thus no longer accepting requests.

What if I don’t receive any requests for mentorship from students?

  • Mentors are encouraged to complete their profile by including all relevant professional, academic, and volunteer experience. In addition, you can enhance your profile by providing answers to the questions: “Why do you want to mentor a current student?” and “What do you hope to offer as a mentor?” This will provide students with the best information to determine that you are the best match for mentorship. College of Business staff can also assist you with finding a mentee match if needed.

Do you have a question not answered on this page? 

  • Contact Mary Susan Britt at marysusan@latechalumni.org or 318.257.3741.

 

FAQ for MBA Students

Why should I participate in Louisiana Tech Business Connect?

  • COB alumni are willing and eager to help you with your career. You just have to be willing to ask. Whether it’s how to apply for a job, how to properly network, or which field you should enter, there’s a good change that one of our alumni knows the answer.

What is expected of me as a mentee?

  • The program is designed to be easy and simple for both the alumnus and the student. You are in the driver’s seat when it comes to finding a mentor. The Louisiana Tech Business Connect platform makes it easy to match with an alumnus that has similar interests as you, so don’t be afraid to reach out! Once you connect with an alumnus, the two of you can decide if you’d like to chat through the platform, Zoom, or meet in person.

How will a mentor match me made?

  • On a rolling basis, COB MBA students will have a chance to review mentor profiles to find a mentor who fits their interests and career goals. Once a student finds their ideal mentor, the student will send a direct message requesting to be a mentee. From there, mentors will review mentorship request(s) and approve student(s) accordingly.

Do you have a question not answered on this page? 

  • Contact Mary Susan Britt at marysusan@latechalumni.org or 318.257.3741.