Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, you probably remember your college days and the difficult decisions you faced at this critical crossroads of life. No matter the preparation, the transition from college campus to the working world was most likely a stressful one. Now you can positively influence a young person and gain personal satisfaction in the process. Here’s a look at our top 10 reasons to be a TFAS mentor this summer!
- GIVE BACK
We’ve all had helping hands along our career paths. Being a mentor is your chance to offer the same for an aspiring young professional.
- DEVELOP NEW SKILLS
Sharing your expertise through mentoring helps develop your leadership, counseling and strategic thinking skills.
- MAKE PROFESSIONAL CONNECTIONS
During the mentor program, you’ll be surrounded by young and established professionals who share a common interest of giving back to the next generation of leaders. You can use the mentor program as an opportunity to connect with other professionals while mentoring young students!
- LEAVE A LEGACY
You can be the example your mentee needs to show them how to volunteer and give back! Students in our programs often return as alumni volunteer mentors for current TFAS students. Your positive impact can create a chain reaction of mentors for years to come.
- STAY INVOLVED WITH THE TFAS NETWORK
In addition of the countless summer networking opportunities, our mentor volunteers are invited to various TFAS networking and volunteer appreciation events throughout the year including happy hours, social events and holiday parties.
- SEEK NEW TALENT
Is your organization is looking for young talent and future trailblazers? You can meet stand out young professionals and recruit them to join your team!
- MAKE NEW FRIENDS
Professional connections aren’t the only kind of relationships you can build through the TFAS mentor program. You have the opportunity to get to know your mentee and other mentors on a personal level, which can lead to lasting friendships.
- LEARN NEW TRENDS FROM MILLENNIALS
Gain a fresh perspective on the world from current college students. Whether you graduated two or 20 years ago, the collegiate world is quite different for today’s students. Pick their brains on what’s in and what’s out, and find out what they’re learning in their classrooms!
- PERSONAL SATISFACTION
The feeling of giving back is one that can’t quite be explained. Watching a student grow from “just a college student” to a well-rounded young professional in just eight weeks is an amazing sight to witness. Knowing you had a hand in their professional development and success is tremendously rewarding.
- CHANGE A LIFE!
Having a mentor to consult and learn from is an important aspect of any young professional’s life. Students look to mentors for professional guidance, office etiquette tips and resume advice. When you invest in a student’s professional future, you can help them learn from your mistakes, walk them through theirs and help them move forward on the next steps in their careers.
To learn more about the 2016 TFAS mentor program and to sign up, please visit TFAS.org/Mentor.