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Having a mentor can help university students and professionals at all experience levels with objective guidance that can help chart a career path. Mentors can help you make the most of your education and help ease the transition from school to work. And, working with a mentor during the early part of a career is an excellent way to explore career path options within your field. Mentors can pass along their own career experiences, help you meet and interact with other professionals, share new approaches to the work done in your field, and help keep you up-to-date on new techniques or industry segments. Both students and mentors benefit from the relationship. 

In selecting a mentor it is important to be sure you'll both have the time to communicate, and that each can be honest about any situation.  Trust is key to a successful mentoring relationship.  Sometimes a common friend or cohort is a good way to identify a mentor, and other times it may be necessary to explore professional organizations or national or regional mentoring programs to identify a mentor for you.

Online Resources
Many professional organizations offer mentoring programs to help connect students or young professionals with a mentor in their field.  An example is the ASME E-Mentoring Program. Universities often also coordinate mentoring programs.  An examples can be found at Wright State University's website and through Dartmouth College's Women in Science Project. The following sites also offer resources on mentoring:





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