Establishing an eMentor oprogram: Increasing the interaction between accounting majors and professionals: Working paper series--07-04
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AbstractThis article describes an eMentor program used as a co-curricular professional development activity for accounting majors at a university that is located in a relatively small city that is geographically distant from the primary location of its major recruiters. The key element of the program is the use of e-mail as a communication channel to link accounting and business professionals with students in our accounting program. We provide information regarding our program's mission and objectives, recruiting professionals and students to participate, and an analysis of data collected to evaluate the program. In addition, we identify the topics discussed during the interactions between professional mentors and students. Results of the data analysis indicate that the program is an overall success. Most student-mentor pairs have had several e-mail contacts and at least one phone contact, with a majority of students initiating some contact. The topics discussed most frequently centered on college curriculum choices and professional career path options, including the benefits of internships and externships. A high proportion of students and professionals agree/strongly agree that the program's mission and objectives are met, and virtually all of the professionals agree/strongly agree that the program is a worthwhile use of their time.
Wilburn, Nancy L. and Amer, T.S. and Kilpatrick, Bob G. (2007) Establishing an eMentor oprogram: Increasing the interaction between accounting majors and professionals: Working paper series--07-04. Working Paper. NAU W.A. Franke College of Business.