Career Sponsors: Connections with Clout

You need a career sponsor!

Most professionals are aware that research has demonstrated the positive value of connecting with a career mentor for professional development. However, less well known is that facilitation of job advancement requires a more powerful connection, that of a career sponsor. A sponsor provides a very different set of connections than a mentor. A career sponsor is a senior level staff member who holds the ability to influence placement in key roles, and is willing to invest in your career progress.

Your sponsor helps you identify your career vision, advocates for strategic job assignments that will help you gain skills to prepare you for advancement, ensures your visibility when opportunities are being discussed, and champions your potential. Together, these actions can significantly propel your career. Although the role of mentor and sponsor can be undertaken by one person, they are typically separate.

Finding a Career Sponsor

How do you find a career sponsor that is a fit for you? How do you manage this valuable ongoing relationship? What support does your sponsor expect as he or she advocates for your continued advancement? These topics and more are covered in Professional Development seminars which are valuable components of the Executive MBA and Online MBA programs at Kent State University.

  • The Executive MBA (EMBA) – Our program offers the convenience of once-monthly on campus class meetings, supplemented by online content between meetings. This program is designed for professionals who have a minimum of seven years’ work experience, and the GMAT is typically waived for EMBA program applicants. The program completes in 19 months and includes an international business experience during which students complete an applied business project during global travel.
  • The Online MBA – This Kent State program offers the convenience of off-campus learning and the opportunity to complete your MBA degree in as few as 12 months for those who attend full time. Flexibility of course scheduling allows you to progress through your degree at your own pace.  Most working professionals complete the program in 24-27 months.

Find out more about these programs by registering for an info session or webinar.