So many young people face uncertainty about their future. Coming out of college or university with often inadequate careers advice focused almost exclusively on subjects studied in secondary school or college. More to the point, this advice does not come from somebody experienced in the field they want to get into. We need to start providing young people with a sense of excitement as well as a sense of direction regarding career pathways available to them. We need to start offering careers advice from industry professionals who have already made it in their field. That’s exactly what The Youth Group are working to bring to young people. 

The current economic, education and employment landscape for young people is one of the most challenging and unpredictable in over 20 years. By 2050, it’s predicted that over 80% of all the jobs in the world will have fundamentally changed, and that means we need to prepare our young people for this changing future today. A few hours of careers advice in secondary school is inadequate, and undervalues the importance of giving young people the knowledge they need to make informed decisions about their future. Young people don’t need an advisor, they need a mentor. Mentors can be a great way to access knowledge and get help from someone who has had success in personal and professional life, but finding a mentor can be challenging without a professional network to lean on, and most young people don’t have one. 

The Youth Group have launched Mentor Me with the goal of acting as a professional network for young people. Beginning with underprivileged young people, we want to provide a mentor for every young person who needs one in a field they want to work in. Free at the point of delivery, Mentor Me matches young people to an industry-expert who has been verified by us and books a meeting between the young person and the mentor without any big hoops to jump through. Mentors can provide meaningful careers advice, offer their insight, and answer the burning questions that young people want answers to.

After our sessions, The Youth Group follows up with the young person, keeping in contact with them and keeping an eye on their professional development. When we say we want to act as a professional network for young people, we mean it. If you’re an industry professional with a spare fifteen minutes, you can make an enormous difference in the lives of young people, and join our growing community of mentors that includes business titans like Craig Fenton, COO of Google UK, and Raul Cruz, Managing Director at Verizon Media. If you’re a young person looking for a mentor, you can sign up right now.