Career Mentor Program
The Career Mentor Program is an excellent opportunity for our Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center members and our real estate students to interact. In this program, we pair real estate majors with industry leaders who offer insights gained from their professional experience.The students face unique challenges and greatly benefit from the assistance of career mentors who counsel them on what it means and what it takes to be a real estate professional.
What our students say...
The mentor program was extremely meaningful and helpful to me. My mentor is a community planner
at Navy, and a Penn Design alumna. Her personal experience illustrates to me there are many
possible workplaces for planners. Moreover, I was a new student coming to the United States
for the first time, and my mentor taught me a lot about not only how to survive the heavy course
load, but also how to make career choices and live happily in the U.S. In spite of the fact that
my area of interest transferred from the public sector to the private, her advice on what to expect
in the future development and how to get prepared for that was still educative and enlightening. It
was unfortunate we did not get a chance to meet in person because she lives in Bahrain. Nevertheless,
I am quite comfortable with the frequency of email correspondence and the personal connection. I
believe we will keep in touch in the future.
Hao Sun, School of Design Professional Division, City and Regional Planning, 2014
The Zell/Lurie mentorship program was instrumental in getting me to decide that real estate was the
field for me. My mentor was incredibly supportive from the get-go. I went from knowing nothing about
the industry to having a solid idea of the field and of the different areas within the field after
speaking to him initially. Since then, I have been in consistent contact with him, having visited his
office twice and had numerous phone and email exchanges. He has been of unfailing support, and I am
very grateful to both him and to the mentorship program.
David Chen, BS candidate, 2014
"Having a mentor has allowed me to keep my finger on the pulse of the real estate industry and markets, because, as
students, we are somewhat removed from the real working world. My mentor has served as both a guide and an advocate,
helping me navigate through networking and recruitment in a way that only someone who has invested time in getting to
know you can. I view my relationship with my mentor as one of the most formative relationships I have developed during
my time at Wharton."
Amina Belouizdad, Wharton MBA Candidate 2013
"The Zell-Lurie Center's Mentorship Program is truly an extraordinary resource and a critical component of Wharton's
unique real estate program. Having been part of the program since my freshman year, I have had the distinct pleasure
of interacting with professionals of varied backgrounds, all of whom have been exceedingly generous with their time
and willingness to share networks and advice. Regular interactions with my mentors have helped me develop a strong
understanding of the real estate industry from some of the industry's leading professionals, which has been invaluable
in my professional as well as academic endeavors."
Sebastian Rossavik, Wharton Undergraduate, 2013
"This experience was one of the most valuable and productive parts of earning my degree, starting with the right
selection—my mentors were in exactly the field and location that I was most interested in. My close interaction
with them helped me solidify my decision to go into real estate and I frequently speak to them for advice about
career opportunities. This program is a must for any student interested in real estate. It was so rewarding and I
hope to eventually be able to give back as much as I gained."
Perry Leon, Wharton Undergraduate, 2012
What our members say..."Zell/Lurie's mentor program is a structured way to connect students with industry leaders. It gives everyone involved an early opportunity to scout out both job prospects and candidates. Perhaps more important, the mentor/mentee relationship helps students think through their career plans with the benefit of both industry knowledge and career perspective. Linking the program with the fall members' meeting makes it possible for participants to meet in person and get a meaningful head-start."
Jeffrey A. Barclay, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.
"Through the Career Mentor program at the Zell/Lurie Center, mentors guide the next generation of leaders in real estate, meanwhile
refreshing our own enthusiasm for the field. This immediate contact with students keeps us directly involved in shaping the future of the
industry, lending an entirely new dimension to our professional involvement and development."
Neil Rubler, President and CEO, Vantage Properties, LLC
"Members and students profit from this program. Students are able to interact with seasoned professionals without the pressure of the
interview process. This allows for a more open flow of information helping the Mentor to learn about what is going through the minds
of the students. Executed well, the program is a 'win-win' for both sides."
Michelle Felman, Vornado Realty Trust
To become a Career Mentor or to find out more about our programs, please email Heather Harris or call 215-746-3092.