Success Story Q&A – Chang and Noorzady
Interview with Mentor Ed Chang ’84
- Bio Sci: What made you decide to become a mentor in the Bio Sci Alumni Mentor Program?
I felt that I could be a good resource for Bio Sci students considering a career in the medical device industry. During my last 20 years in the industry, I have learned a great deal about this business and how to succeed and wanted to share it with students that may have an interest in this field.
- Bio Sci: What is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of being a mentor?
I can challenge the thinking of the students and engage in some good conversation about their prospective careers. I like to ask them direct and probing questions that take them out of their comfort zone to help me determine their true strengths and weaknesses. Next, I like to focus on helping them recognize their strengths while at the same time begin coaching them on how to improve upon their weaknesses.
- Bio Sci: What surprised you most about being a mentor or what surprised you most about your student mentee?
It has been a gratifying experience much more than I anticipated. It is a rush to coach from the sideline and see your mentees succeed in achieving their goals in the short-term.
- Bio Sci: What would you tell other Bio Sci alumni who are thinking about participating in the Mentor Program?
If you are looking for a way to give back, I don’t know of a better way that you can find than to help with the guidance and direction of a prospective graduate with his/her career.
Interview with Student Nariman Noorzady ’02
- Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign-up for the Bio Sci Alumni Mentor Program?
All I really hoped to gain from the program was some reassurance that I could find a career once I graduated with a biology degree. I also wanted some direction on ways to achieve my goals, essentially hoping to find someone to turn to for advice.
- Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?
The most enjoyable aspect of being in the mentorship program is that it has led me to develop a great personal and professional relationship with Ed. Ed has really taken me under his wing and has become a truly important educator in my life. I feel very fortunate to have met a man like Ed who continually takes the time to help me develop all the skills I need to become a successful leader.
- Bio Sci: What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
I would encourage any Bio Sci student to get involved with the program. The program gives students a unique opportunity to meet with UCI Bio Sci Alumni who have pursued careers in a variety of genres, from professional health to business.
- Bio Sci: Is there anything that you would like to say to alumni who are thinking about becoming mentors?
I would like to charge alumni, who have the capabilities, to become mentors. It is the best gift you can give a bright, young, aspiring student.