The International Rescue Committee in NJ is now offering a professional mentorship program to refugees, asylees and other humanitarian entrants with intermediate to advanced English language skills and a higher education degree from their home country. The program pairs eligible and interested clients with professional volunteer mentors in the community to receive valuable advice and attend networking opportunities while searching for jobs in their field in the US.
The mentee and mentor will meet approximately three hours per week or twice a month, depending on their availability, to discuss training opportunities, networking events and contact information for relevant professionals in the industry, available courses in their field, changes or new trends/vocabulary in the field, US work culture, how to effectively write cover letters and submit job applications, how to market oneself effectively and with confidence, and any specific recertification/licensing processes.
Mentors provide invaluable guidance that increases refugees’ self-sufficiency and sense of purpose in the United States. After mentees become employed or advance their careers, mentors can continue providing support by connecting them to networking events and offering feedback and support while they transition to their first job in the United States.
We are seeking volunteer professional mentors in the following fields:
- Healthcare/Life Sciences
- Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism
- Transportation, Logistics, and Distribution
Interested professionals should submit their information here, then will be contacted by an IRC staff member to complete a full professional mentorship application.