Mentorship Program


Harvard Business School Club of Singapore (HBSCS) is delighted to be partnering with Nanyang Polytechnic, Nanyang Technological University, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Temasek Polytechnic an, Singapore Institute of Technology and Singapore Polytechnic to offer a mentorship program for their students. The program seeks to provide a meaningful mentoring experience focused on the personal and professional development of students over an eight-month period that falls in line with the Singaporean academic calendar. 

The HSBCS Mentorship Program started in 2015 with the support and guidance of the MOE.  Since then the program has mentored over 1000 students with the current sixth cohort (2020/21) representing our largest ever with over 330 students.

Year Mentor Partners School Partners Mentees Mentors
2015 HBSCS NYP, RP, TP, SIT and NTU 60 20
2016 HBSCS All Polys, SIT and NTU 150 50
2017 HBSCS, HUAAS and LSEAAS All Polys, SIT and NTU 210 70
2018 HBSCS, HUAAS and LSEAAS All Polys, SIT and NTU 190 66
2019 HBSCS, HUAAS and LSEAAS All Polys, SIT and NTU 230 78
2020 HBSCS, HUAAS and LSEAAS All Polys, SIT and NTU 340 114

Additionally, we are pleased to have partnered with LSE and HUAAS, whose alumni mentors offer similar rich and diverse professional backgrounds and who are alighted to the values and principles of the HBSCS Mentorship Program.


Young adults today are faced with an ever increasing number of difficult decisions that impact their personal and professional growth. When faced with these decisions the best support can sometimes be in the form of strong external counsel. The HBSCS, and affiliated partner institutions have alumni in Singapore representing leaders across a diverse range of sectors (including finance, technology and government). These individuals have volunteered their time as mentors to help guide young Singaporean students to develop the tools needed to answer these difficult questions.


We impact driven young people by offering:

  1. Access to successful mentors,
  2. Exposure to “life skills” and
  3. Practical and “real-world” application of these learnings

Our goal is to have a holistic mentorship program that will cover a range of personal and professional topics. Mentors encourage students to recognize their unique strengths, character, passion and talents, offer clarity and guidance on career options and offer an opportunity for networking. The program offers practical and “real-world” application of these learnings through bilateral mentee sessions, access to corporate, Harvard / HBS faculty and alumni events. The Graduation event is a day long seminar, planned, designed and run exclusively by mentees. 

Our Value Proposition

We impact bright, driven, young leaders

By offering 

(1) access to successful mentors, 

(2) exposure to “life skills” and 

(3) Practical and “real-world” application of these learnings

So they can be more successful personally and professionally and make a real difference to Singapore

(1) Access to Mentors

  • Encourage students to recognize their unique strengths, character, passion and talents 
  • Offer clarity and guidance on career options
  • Network building

(2) Exposure to soft skills beyond that imbibed in formal education, and increasingly relevant in everyday professional lives

(3) Practical andreal-world” application of these learnings 

  • bilateral mentee sessions
  •  Corporate, Harvard / HBS faculty and alumni events 
  • Graduation Program – planning, design, and implementation

Program Design & Themes

HBSCS Mentorship Program

Mentors and Mentees are paired into groups comprising of 2 mentors assigned to 6~8 students.  Each group meets approximately once a month over the course of the program.  To date students are grouped from within the same school.  Mentees assigned to each group are chosen so as to ensure a diversity of skill sets and experience.

By design, the HBSCS Mentorship program is not overly structured and academic. However, the program anchors on a few core themes such as:

  • Business Ethics, Organisation Values & Sustainability
  • Defining Personal Success and Building Self-Awareness
  • Developing an Entrepreneurial Mind-set / Innovation, lateral out of the box thinking
  • Living in a cross-cultural world
  • Personal Values & Purpose 
  • Personal Brand & Visibility

Topic Guidelines

While the HBSCS Mentorship Programs aims to be not overly structured allowing groups to discuss topics driven by Mentees themselves, the program does aim to delve in the following key areas:

Mentee Resources


The Mentee’s role is to seek guidance and constructive feedback on his/her personal, academic and professional development and goals.

  • The Mentee is responsible for keeping in regular contact with Mentor and actively participates in the relationship.
  • Respects the Mentor’s time.
  • Builds and sustains a productive mentoring relationship.
  • Sets meaningful, relevant and productive questions to direct own learning and persists until answers and outcomes are realized.
  • Asks and responds to self-reflective questions to get the most from their learning.
  • Talks openly with the Mentor, openly shares successes and failures.
  • Shares objectives and refines them based on feedback and suggestions –  is receptive to feedback and coaching. 
  • Follows through on commitments and goals

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for students who

  1.   Are committed and highly motivated to program
  2.   Have demonstrated leadership potential
  3.   Have well-developed communication skills
  4.   Have the right mindset and professional attitude towards the program (e.g., Are willing to learn and contribute, attendance, punctuality)


There are 2 steps in applying to be a mentee for HBSCS Mentorship program: 

  • An Application process, where potential mentee answer a brief questionnaire online pertaining to themselves and their goals (attach if possible)
  • (Optional) Interview round held at the discretion of the School

Mentees application cycle usually starts around August with the assistance from partnering schools.  If you have any inquiries on the program feel free to email us.

Mentor Resources

What is Mentoring?

  • Mentoring is a learning relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person who wants to learn.
  • The Mentor provides advice, guidance, exposure and a context for learning.
  • The Mentee is responsible for developing themself.
  • Effective mentoring requires a relationship based on:
    — Trust, Commitment, Challenge and Emotional Engagement.
  • Involving skills:
    — Advising, Listening, Questioning, Support and Encouragement.



  • Opportunity to demonstrates expertise and share knowledge.
  • Opportunity to build leadership skills.
  • Enhance skills in coaching, counselling, listening and modelling.
  • Contributes to the professional development of a Mentee.
  • Gains insights and different perspectives from Mentees provide.
  • Gives back to the community.


  • Accelerate the development of Mentees in alignment with their life & career aspirations.
  • Provide Mentees with a broader/different perspective/s.
  • Increase their readiness for future life, study & career decisions by developing knowledge and skills against identified awareness, knowledge or skill gaps.
  • Assistance in defining goals, strategies and outcomes.
  • Builds self awareness, self-advocacy skills and confidence to navigate challenges & be successful.


  • Will be during the Virtual Program Kick-off on Saturday 10 October.
  • Endeavour to connect with your Co-Mentor prior to the Kick-off. 
  • Your Mentee profiles will be available prior to the Kick-off, you may wish to familiarise yourself with these.
  • During your first mentoring session be sure to agree a Group name, set up a WhatsApp group for communication & contract Group Ground Rules/Ways of Working.
  • It is very likely that some or all of your Mentees will present as reserved/shy at the Kick-off & early mentoring sessions. 
  • Don’t be surprised, frustrated or discouraged by this, don’t worry it’s not you! This is a very common experience observed throughout the program history.
  • Personally check in on your intent. What do you aim to get out of the first session, what approach would you like to take in getting to know the Mentees, sharing about yourself, setting expectations etc.?


The Mentor’s role is to teach, guide and help shape the personal & professional growth and learning of the Mentee and to serve as a positive role model.

  • Builds and sustains a productive mentoring relationship.
  • Provides encouragement for building self awareness, self confidence and self-esteem.
  • Shares information about his/her background, skills and interests.
  • Supports self-determined learning; challenges, encourages and supports their Mentee to set their own objectives.
  • Asks their Mentee self-reflective questions to ensure they get the most from their self-directed learning.
  • Listens actively – listens to understand their Mentee’s needs before providing advice and suggestions.
  • Offers Mentees constructive and meaningful advice and feedback.
  • Empathizes and responds sensitively to their Mentees needs, aspirations, questions, doubts and development priorities.
  • Offers feedback and insights in the form of lessons from experience.
  • Believes in their Mentee and cares enough to help them learn and succeed, tells Mentee how he/she can help.
  • Celebrates milestones and achievements with Mentee.


  • The onus is on the Mentors to build relationships, trust & rapport with the Mentees ASAP,  encouraging them to be comfortable in sharing, being vulnerable, reflective & curious. Role model through your own open sharing, demonstration of vulnerability & importantly active listening.
  • Try to select a recurring day/time for Mentoring Group meetings e.g. every third Saturday of the month at 10am.
  • Remain consistent even if only 1 or 2 mentees are able to attend a given session. Meeting regularly is important for maintaining a sense of continuity & momentum throughout the program.
  • While the Mentees should take the lead for scheduling/agreeing Mentoring sessions. don’t be surprised & fully expect that at that times you may need to provide your Mentees a ‘nudge’ with respect to agreeing/scheduling a time, agreeing topics etc.
  • If you have any challenges at any stage of the mentoring program reach out to a member of the Steering Committee for support – whether it be challenges in Mentee attendance, availability of Co-Mentors, general advice around mentoring dynamics,  suggestions on approaches to specific topics etc. Challenges are best addressed if raised early.
  • We are here to help.

Mentorship Gallery


What do I gain as a Mentee in this program?
  • Mentoring is an enriching experience that provides the mentee and mentor an opportunity for self-reflection which leads to better, more informed decision making. Proper mentoring occurs over the course of many years and usually through many different relationships.
  • If this is your first mentoring engagement, the program should open the door to what a long-term mentoring interaction provides. Whether this is your first mentoring engagement or not, the program is meant to connect you with experienced professionals whose perspectives you may not otherwise have access to.
Can I join meetings even if I do not want to participate in discussions
  • A very important part of mentoring comes when both parties are able to trust each other and actively contribute to the exchange of ideas. It is difficult to achieve this without full participation in the discussions. Everyone has value to add and experience to draw and we ask that each student come prepared to participate in the discussions we have outlined. Being naturally vulnerable is not a prerequisite to join, but a willingness to being vulnerable is required.
Can I list the Mentorship program on my CV/LinkedIn profile?
  • Mentees are welcome to list this as an extracurricular activity providing that it is listed as the Harvard Business School Club of Singapore (“HBSCS”).  Associations with Harvard Business School or Harvard University as well as listing the program as work experience or education would be misleading.
Will my mentor be interested in listening to pitches for my business ideas?
  • The intent of the HBSCS Mentorship Program is to pair motivated mentors and mentees in order to provide an opportunity for personal and professional growth as well as building long lasting relationships; it is not intended to be a platform for pitching ideas and receiving investment. While we will seek opportunities to link entrepreneurial mentees with such forums, individuals should not sign up for the Mentorship program with this expectation.
Will my mentor be providing internship/entry-level opportunities with their places of employment?
  • The intent of the HBSCS Mentorship Program is to pair motivated mentors and mentees in order to provide an opportunity for personal and professional growth as well as building long lasting relationships. While individual employment opportunities may arise on an individual basis, these opportunities are extremely uncommon.