08 Ask for advice

Asking for advice is one of the most powerful tools you can use to build your career.

Asking for advice will clarify your thinking and connect you with new people who will help you see yourself differently. Asking authentically for someone’s advice can make them feel important and useful, validating their own career choices and giving them a stake in your path to success. This is not an informational interview. Getting someone’s personalized advice cannot be replaced by a Google search or an email thread; you need to meet in person to get real advice and build the foundation for a relationship.

The Mentorship Database allows you to explore the many mentorship opportunities available to students at the University.

  1.  Search for mentorship programs based on your campus, faculty or college affiliation.
  2.  Explore mentorship programs for new students to find a mentor.
  3.  Return the favour  by participating in programs for upper-year, graduate and professional students.

You can also try the Job Shadowing program to learn more about your desired field, or register for a LinkedIn Lab workshop to get the most out of your network. 

Check out Career Navigator to connect with alumni from your program via LinkedIn and the U of T Hub on Ten Thousand Coffees.

Mentorship doesn’t always have to be formal; go and talk to your professors during office hours.  They will have insights for connecting your education to meaningful work.

Visit Career Exploration & Education and meet with us for a 15-minute conversation to talk about your next step(s). Find our hours here.

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