Not Enough Students Have Mentors, and We Must Change That
Andre Perry, The Hechinger Report
Andrea, who earned her college degree in English literature in 2012, is a temp in a law firm and drives people around on weekday mornings and through the weekends. Before that, she worked as a packer in various warehouses in the Midwest. She still hopes to one day be an attorney.
Andrea's circuitous path to becoming a lawyer doesn't come from a lack of drive. She lacked mentors in high school and college. These individuals might have advised her on which jobs to take and recommended her for positions that could have forged a more direct path to law school and eventually, a career as a lawyer.
In response, more institutions are turning to work-based learning programs, internships, and collaborations with employers to help close the mentorship gap.