How to cultivate a strong mentor relationship

Man-and-woman-sitting-next-to-each-otherMentor “matching” goes both ways: a good fit doesn’t mean that it is best only for the mentee; rather, a strong match indicates that both parties are content with the relationship. When approaching someone to be a mentor, you should directly check in and ensure that they can benefit from supporting you in your career. It may seem like a contradiction to the nature of a mentor relationship, but many mentors do benefit from helping up-and-coming professionals.

Traits of a strong mentor

A good mentor is someone who is willing to work for you without doing things for you entirely. They should always provide perspective but never give you the answer without first guiding and/or challenging you to reach it on your own. Here are a few key traits of a strong mentor:
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Are internships worthwhile jobs for students?

interns-on-the-job-looking-at-computerInternships are one way for recent grads to break into the professional world. However, in some industries and professions, internships may be too much hassle and not enough reward. In today’s competitive job market, many employers know that they have the advantage in the hiring process. Therefore, many companies have no problem keeping multiple interns for long periods of time without the intention of hiring them full-time. This causes many recent graduates to drift from one internship to another for multiple years, hoping to land a dream job with no success. This year, the National Association of Colleges and Employers surveyed 9,200 college seniors from February through the end of April. They found that the students who worked unpaid internships were only a measly 1.8 percent more likely to receive job offers upon graduation than those who had never interned.

To make a realistic and thoughtful decision when considering an internship, here are a few things to think about:
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The #AdeccoExperience: Words of wisdom and takeaways from once-in-a-lifetime summer internships

summer-interns-in-new-yorkThe 2014 #AdeccoExperience interns tell all

This year’s winners of the Adecco Way to Work internship program received the amazing opportunity to intern at exciting companies all around the world! I had the honor and privilege to interview the two talented New York City winners:

Adharsh Kumar, Marketing Intern with ANN INC.

Elise Perazzini, Service Coordinator Intern with BMW of Manhattan.

They shared their own #AdeccoExperience as well as their take on millennials in the workforce and what it takes to find the right job!
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Millennials and the workplace culture revolution

Millennials are reinventing culture in the workplace. It might be time to give the much-maligned Millennials a break, considering the strengths and value they bring to workplace culture.

Whether we’re ready or not, Millennials are the future of business. With record numbers of college students graduating each year and the impending retirement of the Baby Boomers, it’s only a matter of time before the Millennials lead the workforce.

Yet the culture clash seems to be a bit hostile at the moment, since Millennials are often described — among other things — as needy, lacking focus, and unable to fully commit to the organizations looking to recruit, hire and train them.

Despite their bad rap among their predecessors, Millennials bring far more to the table than just a Twitter page and a Facebook account (however, those can prove helpful, too.) They’re bringing new skill-sets, innovative ideas and fresh approaches to thinking and working.

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The root of a STEM career: Why I decided to become an engineer

Future Engineer Scholarship Winner_Chandler BurkeSome might say I was destined to become an engineer, or that engineering is “in my blood.” It just so happens that I come from a family of engineers: my father, grandfather, uncle and cousin are all engineers, with specializations ranging from mechanical to electrical to aerospace. Having so many engineers in the family undoubtedly gave me a candid perspective on the field, and at times made me feel like an unintentional apprentice. While I’m certain that my familiarity with the profession had some influence on my decision to become an engineer myself, I do not think it is the only – or even the most significant – contributing factor to my career choice. In fact, I can trace my scientific journey back to elementary school, and specifically, two distinct mentors from that era.
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The one thing you must do at every job interview

Top 5 things your human resources department wants you to knowThere are countless rules and tips about what to do and what not to do during a job interview. If there’s one critical thing that every job seeker must do to stand out and to be taken seriously, it is simply ask questions. When you don’t come prepared with thoughtful questions, it says a few things, including: 1) you are underprepared, 2) you aren’t excited about the job or the company, and 3) you’re not visualizing your day-to-day role within the company.

Here’s how to craft questions that will impress your future employer.

Long-term goals

Learn more about the long-term goals for the role you’re interviewing for. Questions like, “what are 2-3 major accomplishments that you’d like to see come out of this role in the next six months?” show that you are aiming to make an impact and hold yourself to a high standard.

Company Culture

Ask your interviewer to describe the company culture and values. By expressing an interest in the heart of the company and going deeper than day-to-day tasks and items that only impact your role, show that you can think big picture – and prove that you care about the company itself. Asking an interviewer about company values demonstrates an important level of maturity and consideration. Moreover, if you are truly seeking a perfect job match, you can learn a lot by asking this question.
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