In this video, Nicholas Makos talks about his experiences with the Lerner Executive Mentor Program, and all the opportunities he has acquired because of it.
I heard about the Lerner Executive Mentor Program from word of mouth. A couple of my friends in my fraternity had been matched with a mentor, and they were extremely satisfied with it. I signed up, and a couple of weeks later I was matched with my mentor and I couldn’t be happier.
Every other week we have a call that usually lasts about an hour, and once or twice a semester we’ll get together and have dinner or go out on a trip. I’ve had the opportunity to go down to Washington, D.C. and meet the president of the bricklayers union, meet a couple lobbyists for the bricklayers union, go onto the job site and meet some of his foreman and some of his general managers, CEO and the CFO of his company.
It’s really cool as a college student to be able to go to some of these places because usually you’re going in there as an intern if you’re going into a corporate headquarters, you’re not going there shadowing the executive vice president. My mentor has been extraordinary. I never thought that I’d be able to find somebody in the business world that was willing to sit down and talk and help another.
The Lerner Career Services Center definitely hit the nail on the head with the Lerner Executive Mentor Program. I think that it gives us the opportunity as undergrads to speak to people that in the future are going to be transformative and people that we can learn from. They give you the opportunity to learn from other’s successes and mistakes, and I ultimately think that it makes you more successful in the long run.