Mentors are more commonly linked with those who are closer to entering the job market, but Malekzadeh wants to start earlier.
“These are only sophomores, so the mentors know they’re going to be somewhat unpolished,” says Sarah Mock, director for the college’s co-op program. “It’s not like they’re looking for an intern to hire. It’s more like they’re taking a ball of clay and helping mold it. They’re there to advise, coach, encourage.”
The executives are asked to take the students to lunch and a professional meeting, let them shadow them for a day, critique a résumé and stay in contact with them.
Anyone interested in mentoring can call Mock at 513 745-4869.