There is nothing wrong with asking for help. The same way you raise your hand during class and ask your instructor a question can be applied to finding someone to guide you through your professional career. Finding someone to mentor you is an exceptional opportunity. Not only will they have relevant information about the industry but also they can guide you in the right direction.

Do not be afraid to reach out. You are a student, you are making this happen. Many professionals went through this same process to get to where they are today. Reach out to professionals that have the career you wish to have for yourself in 10 years. Remember, you are a student. You have a greater chance for them to guide you now, than you ever will.

Places to look for a Mentor:

1.       Your Instructor: Ask guidance from your teacher, and even if they cannot help you, they will be more than happy to guide you to someone who can.

2.       Family Friend: Utilize your network to help you find a mentor; a family friend or acquaintance within the industry that you look up to and can guide you.

3.       Research: Look up potential clinics, or hospitals you would be interested in working some day and reach out to people who work there. They were all in your shoes once.

4.       Utilize your CHCP Resources: Reach out to your academic advisors and career services team, they are here to help you, and guide you through your education. Their job is to help you place into an externship; utilize their vast network to help find someone to guide you.

Whom do you look up to?