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Find a Mentor: Think Out of the Box

Still feeling hesitant about identifying a mentor, despite Dr. Sherwood’s encouragement (see What is a Mentor, and How Do I Find One)? Chew on this statistic: “Professionals who have mentors make between $5,610 and $22, 450 more annually than those on their own.” Thus, having a mentor will not only help you develop your professional identity, but […]

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Digital Tattoos: Ted Talks Video on the Permanency of Your Online Profile

We tend to think that the information we put online, or send to our friends, is temporary. However, Juan Enriquez shares his views (via Ted Talks) on the permanency of online information sharing. Using Andy Warhol, the ancient Greeks, and other examples from history, the case is made that the photographs and other data you […]

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Why YOU Should Get Involved in Professional Organizations and Where to Start

Many students are unsure of the purpose of professional organizations or why to get involved.  The large number of organizations and many hard-to-remember acronyms don’t help make the process of getting involved any easier either.  However, there are many benefits for joining professional organizations as a student or even while working in pursuit of a […]

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Successfully Using Online Networking

Online networks, such as Linked In may be great resources for connecting with potential employers or mentors. You can use online networking as a means of making yourself visible, highlighting your accomplishments and skills. You could also use online networks to do your own research on companies you are interested in working for (e.g., what […]

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Tips on How to Network from Berkeley

The Berkeley Career Services Center offers a few good tips for successfully networking. My personal favorites are those that discuss how and why you should consistently keep in contact with your mentors (as opposed to only contacting them when you need them or out of desperation).  A true mentor relationship, or one you will get […]

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What is a Mentor and How do I Find One?

Most of us have heard of the importance of mentoring. However, do we really know what that means? I know I really struggled with the concept of mentoring when I was a student. The whole idea was intimidating to me. A mentor is someone that guides or advises on a regular basis. A mentor is […]

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Networking as a Student

Many students graduate and cannot get a job or find opportunities in their field. Networking plays an essential role in this. To network is to exchange ideas, interests, or desires with another person. In the professional arena, networking can mean making a connection to a professional or establishing a mentor in your field of interest.  Work […]

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