What does a profile include?
A profile has two sections. Every mentor had to fill out a our thorough questionnaire in “We asked.” They were also asked to fill out what “A Day in the life of…” is like a their job in hour-by-hour detail.
What is a “mentor” on your site?
Our mentors are the professionals who fill out the various career profiles that you can read, which make up the majority of our site. They typically spend between 30 and 60 minutes completing our questionnaire and generally do so as a way of “giving back”. Whether their take is positive or negative – our hope is that their honest, unfiltered opinions and career reviews help you to get a better understanding of what its really like to work in a given profession day-in and day-out.
How do you recruit mentors?
We began with contacting family, friends and co-workers in a variety of fields in the beginning of 2007. In some cases we may compensate our mentors with cash, gift cards or specialty coffee cards once their profile has been verified as complete. In other cases the mentors volunteer and are not compensated. In every case though, as our compensation is budget-constrained, the main focus of the mentor is an attitude of giving back and helping young professionals. We are proud that we have thousands of profiles of mentors from all walks of life in hundreds of different professions. We’ve have to shut off registration a number of times because so many people want to participate!
How do you screen mentors?
We carefully screen each profile with an acceptance rate in the range of 60-70%. We do not accept profiles that do not meet our criteria. Specific criteria can change over time, so please contact us if you would like more information about our screening process or acceptance/review process.
How do I become a mentor?
For all information regarding becoming a mentor please go to www.TheCareerProject.com!
I have seen grammar errors on the profiles will these be fixed?
Nope! We specifically choose NOT to alter the mentor’s content. We do not want to alter their voice, message or information in any capacity. This includes spelling and grammatical errors. We do ask them to review their profile before submitting it to be live on The Career Project.
Some of the profiles I have viewed are incomplete, how come?
In general we post profiles that are at least 50% complete. Either their questionnaire has to be completely filled out or the first section of the questionnaire and their entire “A day in the life of” section. Also, over time our questionnaire has changed – some questions added, some removed, etc. So with any given profile it is possible that it may be missing answers to certain questions if the profile was completed before we added those questions.