In the course of completing his doctorate studies in management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, university lecturer and investor Jean-Jacques Degroof served as a teaching assistant for Professor Eric von Hippel’s New Enterprise class. Currently, Jean-Jacques Degroof continues to guide MIT Sloan students and give back to his alma mater as a mentor in the MIT Sloan Student-Alumni Mentoring Program.
At the beginning of the fall semester, the mentoring program starts with students and alumni providing general information, such as academic concentration and career goals, to build a user profile in the program’s online platform. Once prospective mentees and mentors have uploaded their profiles, the system suggests suitable matches.
After reviewing alumni profiles, students request mentors with whom they wish to begin an interaction. Mentors then select the students they feel they are best suited to counsel and work with them to devise a framework for their relationship and determine a workable schedule for regular interaction over the next six to 12 months.
Designed to facilitate opportunities for current MIT Sloan students to engage in one-on-one relationships with alumni experienced in a diversity of fields, the program nurtures the leadership potential of mentees by supplementing their classroom activities with the personal advice and professional insights of a successful graduate who has shared the experience of studying at MIT Sloan. Mentees also benefit from a mentor’s connection to the greater network of Sloan alumni, granting the student access to a wide circle of professionals working around the world in myriad industries and functions.