WHAT IS a Career Mentor?
- Carreer mentors are small business owners or employees who are interested in mentoring a person with a disability to acquire career skills. Career mentors are trained and paid for their time
WHAT is our Model?
- We believe that the best place to acquire functional job skills is in an employment environment. Many of our clients perform better on meaningful tasks than in an abstract classroom environment. The problem is that it is difficult to get a paying job without significant job experience. Career mentors help young adults to receive that experience, while also offeringthem guidance in work-based social and organizational skills.
WHAT is an example of Career Mentorship?
- A person with a small business in web design may agree to take on a mentee/intern with strong photography and video skills to help create content for web sites. The mentee does not get paid, but does receive individualized instruction from the career mentor on how to prepare materials and plan and complete projects in a realistic business environment. Self-determined goals are created by the mentee to identify projected outcomes from the internship. These goals are tracked by EdMent throughout the internship period. The career mentor receives initial training, observations, and supervision from the staff of EdMent Consulting. The Career Mentor is also paid by EdMent for the hours spent diferectly supervising or instructing the intern in vocational skills
WHAT are the qualifications of Career Mentors
- Career Mentors must have specialty skills in a vocational area and access to a viable business. Students are matched to businesses based on the student's interests, experience, aptitudes and vocational goals. The businesses that can be included in this model are infinite: they can range from bookkeeping to cooking, landscape design, graphics, computer programming, pet care, etc.
We are now recuriting peer and employment mentors. Please contact us if you are interested.