What better way to learn about how the world of commerce works than to have your very own mentor?
That’s the idea behind mENTERnopolis, the College’s commerce mentorship program. It pairs current students who are interested in commerce with alumni who are in the business world or finishing their university studies in related fields.
mENTERnopolis helps to prepare students for university studies and careers. Students receive personalized support from their mentors and get the chance to network – all before they graduate from Marianopolis.
The connection with commerce-minded alumni is a huge plus, says mENTERnopolis participant Emma Westenberg ’21 (Honours Commerce). “The mENTERnopolis experience solidifies the relationship between former and current students. It strengthens the vast network of alumni and helps us current students start to find our way in the world of commerce. Plus, navigating the various university websites and trying to find the apply button of each was much better with my mentor!”
The program was the idea of a Marianopolis graduate, Suneil Kheterpal ’13, who founded a software start-up after getting his BCom at McGill University. He initiated the mentorship program at Marianopolis after his own involvement as a mentee in a similar program at McGill.
“Students get expertise and guidance, as well as the opportunity to expand their professional network,” he says. “The paired-up mentors and mentees naturally form a community in which students can grow, explore ideas, celebrate success and find support. It’s a way for students to invest in continued learning and self-growth outside the classroom. They can learn everything from etiquette and good habits, to how to network and a lot more.”
With 30 to 40 pairs of mentors and mentees every year, there is a strong interest in mENTERnopolis from both students and graduates. It’s an example of how Marianopolis helps its current students who are interested in commerce to grown both academically and personally.
Check it out on mENTERnopolis.