In South Africa, 85% of college graduates say their diploma has helped them find work, and an astounding 33% of college graduates up to age 25 are still unemployed. In Kenya, it takes an average of five years for a college graduate to find a career job.
This issue is not exclusive to Africa and other developing countries. Many high schools and higher education facilities in the United States do not provide curriculum to teach students the advanced skills needed to be successful in their first few years of work. A recent BBC article noted that while grads entering the workforce are expected to have these business soft skills, many have not received the necessary training and struggle through the first few years of their career.
This is where the GMI mentorship program comes in. Our mentors help close this knowledge gap through the lessons of experience to better prepare them to enter the job world.
GMI students learn new skills that help them to land and keep their first professional job.
Mentored students acquire tools to help them get a great job. This includes their own professional network with 200 – 500 business contacts, a strong resume or CV, and coaching on how to be their best in a job interview.
We help them use their new skills and professional network to set up at least five job interviews prior to graduation. We facilitate this process by connecting the students to local and international companies interested to meet graduates who have completed a GMI mentorship.
To provide quantitative data about the GMI program, we ask each incoming student to complete a survey to assess their knowledge about basic business skills coming into the program. Once the student has finished the mentorship program, we assess their progress achieved during the mentorship.
GMI follows up with students at 6 months, 12 months, and 24 months after their mentorship to measure their employment success.
The primary requirement is a desire to share knowledge and experience with a student who is ready to enter the business world.
Mentor candidates are screened and interviewed to ensure the match will be a good fit. Mentors receive training on the GMI mentorship program, so they know exactly how to help their students.
Mentors guide their students through the mentorship program via remote teleconference. The mentor and the student meet on a regular schedule for 14 one-hour sessions.
You can do this! You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience. Mentors often learn a lot from the GMI program.
Your commitment as a mentor:
GMI partners with university professors to identify hard-working students who are eager to start their careers. Students are categorized by major so they can be matched with a mentor in their field when possible. Students attend a pre-mentorship orientation and will establish their LinkedIn accounts before the mentorship begins.
GMI will provide instructions for how to engage with your student. Introduce yourself following notification of a match and agree on when to meet for your first session. GMI provides email templates to communicate with your student to reduce your time commitment.
GMI partners with companies to identify experienced business professionals who are ready to share their knowledge. Our primary need is mentors. Companies may also sponsor a group of mentorships and can display the GMI logo in their social responsibility presentations. To learn more about corporate sponsorship contact: email@example.com
Mentors follow a specific program track to ensure students receive the full benefit of mentorship. Mentored students are more competitive job candidates because of the GMI program and are often selected for interviews by GMI business partners. Mentors may also introduce students to job opportunities, but this is not a requirement.
GMI provides everything you need to guide your mentee.
You don’t need to be an expert, just follow the Mentor Guide and add your own personal experience.
Mentorship resources include:
70% of the mentorship is focused on helping a student prepare to get their first career job. 30% is dedicated to helping them excel in their first job and understanding how to thrive in the business world.
Students are provided with study materials for each session to help them learn and adopt GMI business tools. Over 50 guides and templates are available to students. This includes advanced LinkedIn training to help them build their business network and 10 templates for how to make LinkedIn business connections.
Your formal mentorship will end after 14 sessions. As a mentor, you can decide if you want to continue with informal ad hoc discussions with the student after the mentorship concludes. You are under no obligation or expectation to continue the relationship.