How a mentor can kickstart your career

1 Sep 2017

Whether you are a graduate entering the workforce for the first time or a mature student embarking on a new career, starting a new job can be a daunting prospect. Even if you have the qualifications, you may be unsure what is involved in the role on a day to day basis, whether you will fit in with the culture or if you have made the right decision.

An industry mentor is one way to smooth the transition. “A mentor will give you an insight into the world of work and how to be a successful professional,” says Cate Clifford, an Employability Specialist with UQ’s Faculty of Business, Economics and Law (BEL). “It’s an opportunity to learn from someone else’s experience - their triumphs and their failures. You can find out about the areas that they work in and start to understand the nuances of the sector. They also provide networking contacts inside the industry.”