Alumni mentor Eric Terada ’02 and mentee Mo Ran ’19 connected through the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program in October 2016.
When Eric Terada ’02 was looking for ways to give back to Northwestern, he came across the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program, which pairs alumni with current students and with other alumni looking for guidance on navigating their careers, exploring new career paths, and pursuing educational opportunities.
Eric, a consultant at McKinsey & Company and father of two, liked the idea of guiding students and recent graduates at the earliest stages of their careers. “I wanted to help students and alumni figure out what they want to do, what they’re good at, and how to best communicate their stories with prospective employers,” Eric says.
This fall, Eric began mentoring Mo Ran ’19, a junior from Daqing, China, who is working toward dual degrees in engineering and communications. Mo—who is also an active participant in Northwestern Student Holdings, a student-run company that funds and manages a portfolio of businesses—appreciates the real-world business insight his mentor provides.
Eric meets regularly with Mo in person and over the phone to discuss career development and share tips on writing résumés and cover letters. Mo is grateful for the opportunity to learn from an accomplished professional in his field of interest, and says that Eric “has helped me develop a better understanding of the business world and how to demonstrate my qualifications.”
A native of Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Eric chose Northwestern because of its Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences (MMSS) program and graduated with a degree in economics. As a freshman, Eric joined Phi Delta Theta fraternity and says that the Greek system taught him a lot about leadership and organizations. “I love that fraternities and sororities are basically mini corporations,” says Eric.
Nearly 15 years after graduating, Eric still feels a deep appreciation for his alma mater, saying, “Northwestern brought me lifelong friendships, instant credibility in the job market, and amazing learning and growth that I continue to build on today.”
Eric says that he would recommend the Northwestern Network Mentorship Program to alumni interested in staying connected to the University and supporting its students and recent graduates—and points out that mentorship has also benefitted him personally and professionally. “Mentoring has allowed me to give back and build relationships,” says Eric, “and it has also helped me reflect on the growth I’ve experienced since attending Northwestern.”