Mentor program integrates faith and career
Recent TWU Business Administration alumnus Andrew Hansen has enjoyed considerable success early on in his career path, securing an impressive position in Human Resources at Ledcor Resources & Transportation. Hansen credits his success to a number of factors, such as his TWU School of Business education; valuable internship and part-time work opportunities; and the network of industry professionals he has developed. But one experience stands out from the rest: the School of Business Mentor Program.
The program presents a unique opportunity for Trinity Western business students to meet with and learn from successful, real-world business professionals. Students go through an assessment process and are paired with business professionals based on their personality, strengths, and aspirations. The mentor-mentee pairs then meet several times throughout the year for one-on-one teaching, coaching, and guidance.
In his fourth year at TWU, Hansen was paired with Richard Scott, owner and founder of Clarity Business Strategies, a consulting and business coaching company. “Andrew was as excited about the program as I was,” said Scott. “We clicked right away.”
A consistently strong theme the mentor-mentee pairs examine is how to integrate faith with your career—a subject that Scott is passionate about. “Students who come to Trinity Western aren’t just looking for an education, but an experience and a calling,” he said. “It’s not common to look at business as a ministry or a mission field. If I can encourage one or two students a year to make the realization that business can be your calling, I think it makes a huge impact.”
Often, the relationships formed within the Mentor Program grow from their student-teacher roots into a peer-to-peer bond that lasts beyond the end of the school year—precisely what Hansen experienced. “It’s more than academics and business mentorship—you’re getting a friend who wants to see you succeed,” he said.
Hansen appreciated his experience with Scott so much that he hopes he can someday give back to the Mentor Program. “My hope is that, down the road, I’ll be able to mentor other Trinity Western students headed down the same path.”