A Different Approach to Mentorship
The GMI model is not a traditional mentorship but instead uses a comprehensive business training program focusing on vital business skills that help prepare students for the business world.
Most students who complete the course will graduate with a defined career path, a professional resume, a LinkedIn profile, an international business network with at least 100 professional contacts, professional references, and at least five job interviews arranged before they graduate.
Some mentors approach the program with apprehension because they doubt their ability to guide a student through the GMI curriculum. However, no prior experience in mentoring is required and after a three-hour training course, mentors come away with the tools and knowledge needed to guide their mentees. In fact, mentors often apply the GMI techniques they learn to boost their own careers.
Mentorship Can Lead to Job Opportunities
This initiative doesn’t just benefit the students. Companies who sponsor mentors see value because they are introduced to a group of pre-screened job candidates who have been trained in a comprehensive business preparation course and they are ready to work. With the cost of recruiting a new employee in the US between $4,000 – $10,000, even more for high-tech jobs, the GMI model can be a cost effective alternative. “We need more partnerships like the GMI approach”, says Tim Hopper, Responsible Sourcing Manager at Microsoft. “There is a large talent pool for high-tech jobs but finding the best candidates can be a challenge. The GMI model helps our industry leverage talent that otherwise might be overlooked, and this is good for everyone.”