A mentor is someone who currently works in your goal profession. He or she can assist you in your job search through a long term commitment. A mentor will help you develop a career plan, keep you motivated and offer advice and suggestions. He or she will share their own story regarding their career path, help you develop skills and assess your strengths and weaknesses. Your relationship with a mentor may involve long lunches or time spent job shadowing their work day. Find organizations that have a formal mentoring program in place, or find one on your own by looking for someone you admire and respect.
Begin your search through a settlement agency or professional association that offers this service. Links for these organizations are found in steps 9 and 4.