APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2023-2024 PROGRAM YEAR!
Career 360 is more than just finding a job. This program helps Girls Write Now mentees and mentee alum take proactive steps towards achieving career-life goals. We offer professional development training, mentoring, and personalized coaching to our career-ready women and gender-expansive mentees ages 20-25.
Mentees learn how to network, seek out companies that embody their values, present their authentic selves, and land the internship or job of their dreams! Mentors share their personal and professional experiences, and help mentees change the trajectory of their lives and careers.
Ready to Become the Person YOU needed in your Early Career?
Career 360 Mentors
Navigating your career path is not easy, especially after a global pandemic. Awareness and accountability around diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging has increased, but are oftentimes not reflected in companies’ hiring practices and work culture.
Did you know?
- Women account for 47.75 of the global workforce but only 27.1% are managers and leaders.
- The gender pay gap is growing with women earning 22% less than men in monthly wages. In the US, every dollar men earn, women earn $0.82.
- In 2021, women held 30% of S&P 500 board seats but only 5.7% of these seats were held by women of color.
- 33% of women have never had substantial interaction with senior leaders about work, which can make the difference when the time comes to fill a new leadership role.
The Mentor Role
You do not need to be a professional career coach! Your focus as a mentor is helping mentees gain clarity and confidence on their career pathways. Many mentees are looking to get their foot in the door, others are ready for advancement, and some are actively seeking a new position. You will provide guidance, insight and leadership tools while keeping your mentee accountable for achieving their career journey objectives. In tandem with Girls Write Now’s curriculum, staff support, and other resources, you will act as your mentee’s thought partner and give authentic feedback on their professional development.
This is your chance to apply all of the workforce knowledge you’ve accrued over the years to make a real impact on those who will benefit the most. All of your experiences are beneficial to hear about—even the painful ones you no doubt learned from! Our mentees are hungry for your words of wisdom—the advice you wish you could have given your younger self. They are eager for honest conversation about what to expect at work, how to navigate inevitable challenges, and especially for inspiration to bring their important ideas and diverse perspectives to the table.
This Fall we are offering this opportunity to only 15 mentors. You must be:
- At least age 27 as of August 2023
- Considered rising mid to late career professional
- Able to commit to 12 virtual sessions (60 min each) with your mentee between November 2023 – January 2024.
Career 360 Curriculum
Create your career story and understand how to describe your desired trajectory so others can support you in finding opportunities. Explore the beginnings of your career path by identifying your key strengths that outline your capacity and interests, while providing suggested job titles or career paths you may have never considered.
Receive guidance on creating a recruiter-optimized LinkedIn profile, build a memorable brand, and expand your professional network with techniques that both align with your personality and stretch outside of your comfort zone.
Learn proactive job search techniques and walk through communication and outreach strategies to contact recruiters and hiring managers. Create a project plan and timeline to find the best job as soon as possible, and stay organized and motivated in the process.
Craft a resume and cover letter with a compelling message that attracts recruiters and hiring managers.
Participate in mock interviews to position yourself as the best candidate for your desired role. Practice potential behavioral and job-specific interview questions to enter your next interview confident and well-prepared.
Don’t be afraid to advocate for yourself! Learn about and discuss the negotiation process to make sure your next company understands and supports the value you add.
Authenticity at work is when you feel safe, secure and comfortable showing up as your whole self. Explore ways at work to present your authentic self with integrity, identify and collaborate with allies, be an ally, and cultivate a positive work environment as both a team member and a leader who facilitates change and growth.
Career 360 Mentees
☑️ Closed networking through bimonthly Girls Write Now College & Career Chats
☑️ Videos, written guides, and in-depth practice and discussion through monthly workshops and bootcamps
☑️ Private coaching sessions with a Girls Write Now mentor (60 min each)
☑️ Resume & cover letter template tailored for your chosen career path
☑️ LinkedIn Profile and LinkedIn outreach/networking tip-list
☑️ Personalized job search template
☑️ Mock interviews with feedback (60 min each)
☑️ Individual guidance on negotiation and understanding of your job offer
☑️ Exclusive access to unique job opportunities through Girls Write Now’s partner relationships.
☑️ Exclusive access to the Girls Write Now Slack Workspace for life-long networking and support from the community.