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 it can also improve your chances of landing that higher-salary job. An advantage of our technological era is that your potential mentor doesn’t have to be within your immediate circle of friends, colleagues, professors, or employers. You don’t even have to limit yourself to creating one mentoring relationship. You can connect with multiple mentors from all around the world through social networking (see Successfully Using Online Networking). Read more tips from Aaron Pitman on how to use social media: How Social Media is Changing Mentorship
Find a Mentor: Think Out of the Box
About Kimi Crossman
Kimberly Crossman has a Bachelor’s in Psychology from Florida State University, a Master’s in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and currently is a Doctoral Candidate in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Although her research focuses primarily on experiences of intimate partner abuse, gender relations, and the divorce/separation process, she has also developed a strong interest in mentoring young adults in their career aspirations. Kimberly has led discussions and activities with young adults who are pursuing a graduate-level education or careers in the social sciences through her work as a graduate teaching assistant and board member for local, state, and national organizations. These discussions have inspired Kimberly to take on a more active role in helping young adults identify and meet their goals within and outside the university setting by contributing to Career Skillet.