When you're looking for work, it can be easy to feel lost, directionless or like your search will never end. How can we assure young people there's light at the end of the tunnel? Match job seekers up with successful job 'attainers' for mentoring!
When I was looking for work, it was easy to get down, feel depressed and wonder when my searching would end. Once I did finally get a job, I was able to look back on my experience and know that each lesson, each rejection, and each moment of my search had a purpose. Wouldn't it have been helpful if I could have gone back in time to tell my job searching self that it would all work out for the best?!
When reading through inspirations, I was struck by how it feels like there's a gap between young people looking for work, and young people who were able to successfully find work. We've talked about mentoring networks between young people and older generations, but what about peer-to-peer mentoring? How might we create some sort of matchmaking system that helps not only inspire young job seekers (with stories of success) but also exposes them to the tools, tactics and strategies that other young people made use of to get their jobs?
This mentorship network could start out small and local - perhaps matching up current students with young professionals who have recently graduated and are out in the working world. From there, we could take it even further and think about how we might tap into networks of students and young professionals to encourage and enable this kind of mentoring around the world.