The Accountancy Mentorship Program is a wonderful opportunity for undergraduate Accounting majors to develop their professional skills outside of the classroom through the guidance of a professional in the business community. Students participating in this program not only introduce themselves to the professional world, but also represent the Department of Accounting to its Alumni and Friends.
Having a mentor can help you better understand the career development process; help you gain specific knowledge of an industry and/or organization; gain insight into the day-to-day work of a professional accountant; assist you with resume, cover letter and interview techniques; provide advice in taking advantage of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities at Illinois State; help you network with other professionals; provide advice, encouragement and guidance regardless of whether you are considering changing majors or accepting your first job.
Registration for the Accounting Mentorship Program is closed at this time. Please contact Dr. Jay Rich for more information.
Expectations and Time Commitment
Mentors have volunteered their valuable time to help you achieve your career goals. The program commits to providing mentors with engaged students who are willing to learn and take action based on their mentor’s advice. To participate in the program, you must:
Attend one of the Mentorship Information Sessions
Submit a complete application
Attend the Mentorship Kick-Off - Date and time to be determined
Initiate regular contact with your mentor via phone, email, texts and/or meetings
Be proactive and willing to meet your mentor at least once a month and see the relationship through to its end in late-April
Discuss your goals, needs and what you hope to gain from the relationship
Act professionally at all times. Return all communications from your mentor in a timely fashion
Immediately notify the Department of Accounting Office (SFHB 301) if circumstances require you to stop participating in the program or if you mentor is not fulfilling his/her responsibilities
Any sophomore, junior or senior (by year in school, not credits) Accounting major may apply for the Mentorship Program, if you:
Commit to meeting with your mentor at least once a month either in person or by phone/Skype.
Are enthusiastic about the program and the opportunity to develop your networking and communication skills
Act in a professional manner and do not assume this program will directly help in obtaining a job or internship