Having the guidance and support of a mentor can really boost your career prospects, regardless of your level of experience. You can gain valuable insight into a particular company or field, that would otherwise take you months or years to learn on your own. There are mentorship programs across the country that students and recent graduates can get involved in, and even programs specifically for people with disabilities. But anyone can build a mentoring relationship with peers, whose careers or experience you admire. Here are some factors to keep in mind, when you're searching for a mentor that's right for you.
Graduating from college is a huge milestone. After the years of working to make it to this point, many graduates assume they will, in turn, be rewarded with a great job.
Finding a job is a difficult task, especially for recent graduates with little experience and in a competitive job market where older employees are working longer and leaving fewer job openings.
You finished school last year, and you’re still looking for a job. You’re excited about “getting out into the real world” after devoting so many years to studying and preparing for your career. Yet, you’re apprehensive because you don’t know, perhaps for the first time in your life, what’s going to come next.
Mentoring has been identified as one of the most important approaches for assisting youth in making a positive transition into adulthood. In addition to serving as a positive role model, mentors can play a key role in helping their mentee.