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Become A Mentor

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Working As A Mentor

  • Getting Information
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Stressful

  • $29,330

    Average Salary

What Does A Mentor Do

A Mentor advises, trains, and counsels mentees in their prospective or existing businesses, careers, friendships, and others topics. They encourage mentees to take responsibility for their own decisions, plan actions and solutions, and keep up-to-date and accurate records of mentees' progress.

How To Become A Mentor

Requirements for social and human service assistants vary, although they typically have at least a high school diploma and must complete a brief period of on-the-job training. Some employers prefer to hire workers who have additional education or experience.

Education

Although a high school diploma is typically required, some employers prefer to hire workers who have relevant work experience or education beyond high school. A certificate or an associate’s degree in a subject such as human services, gerontology (working with older adults), or social or behavioral science is common for workers entering this occupation.

Human service degree programs train students to observe and interview patients, carry out treatment plans, and handle people who are undergoing a crisis. Many programs include fieldwork to give students hands-on experience.

The level of education that social and human service assistants have completed often determines the responsibilities they are given. Those with a high school diploma are likely to do lower level work, such as helping clients fill out paperwork. Assistants with some college education may coordinate program activities or manage a group home.

Although postsecondary education is important, some employers may prefer or allow for applicants who have related work experience. In some cases, candidates may substitute such experience in place of postsecondary education. 

Training

Many social and human service assistants, particularly those without any postsecondary education, undergo a period of on-the-job training. Because such workers often are dealing with multiple clients from a wide variety of backgrounds, on-the-job training in case management helps prepare them to respond appropriately to the different needs and situations of their clients.

Advancement

For social and human service assistants, additional education is almost always necessary for advancement. In general, advancement to case management or social work jobs requires a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services, counseling, rehabilitation, social work, or a related field.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Social and human service assistants talk with clients about the challenges in their lives and assist them in getting help. These workers must be able to listen to their clients and to communicate the clients’ needs to organizations that can help them.

Compassion. Social and human service assistants often work with people who are in stressful and difficult situations. To develop strong relationships, they must have compassion and empathy for their clients.

Interpersonal skills. Social and human service assistants must make their clients feel comfortable discussing sensitive issues. Assistants also need to build relationships with other service providers to become familiar with all of the resources that are available in their communities.

Organizational skills. Social and human service assistants often must complete lots of paperwork and work with many different clients. They must be organized in order to ensure that the paperwork is filed properly and that clients are getting the help they need.

Problem-solving skills. Social and human service assistants help clients find solutions to their problems. They must be able to listen carefully to their clients’ needs and offer practical solutions.

Time-management skills. Social and human service assistants often work with many clients. They must manage their time effectively to ensure that their clients are getting the attention they need.

Some employers require a criminal background check. In some settings, workers need a valid driver’s license.

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Mentor Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    60.1%
  • Male

    36.6%
  • Unknown

    3.3%

Ethnicity

  • White

    74.9%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    12.3%
  • Asian

    9.9%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.8%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    55.6%
  • French

    10.2%
  • Chinese

    4.3%
  • Mandarin

    4.2%
  • Arabic

    3.3%
  • German

    3.0%
  • Italian

    2.5%
  • Portuguese

    2.4%
  • Korean

    2.3%
  • Japanese

    1.8%
  • Hindi

    1.8%
  • Russian

    1.6%
  • Cantonese

    1.5%
  • Vietnamese

    1.1%
  • Hmong

    0.9%
  • Hebrew

    0.8%
  • Greek

    0.8%
  • Urdu

    0.7%
  • Tagalog

    0.7%
  • Swahili

    0.6%
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Real Mentor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Mentor (Vocational Computer Science Instructor) Solid Quality USA Inc. Reston, VA Oct 13, 2010 $120,000
Mentor (Vocational Computer Science Instructor) Solid Quality USA Inc. Reston, VA Sep 01, 2010 $120,000
Mentor (Vocational Computer Science Instructor) Solid Quality USA Inc. Reston, VA Sep 20, 2010 $120,000
Mentor (Vocational Computer Science Instructor) Solid Quality USA Inc. Reston, VA Oct 01, 2010 $120,000
Mentor Solid Quality USA Inc. Reston, VA Aug 30, 2010 $110,000
Teaching Mentor The Brooklyn Waldorf School New York, NY Jun 09, 2016 $104,350
Regional Mentor (Occupational Therapist) Interface Rehab, Inc. Placentia, CA Nov 13, 2009 $100,176
Bilingual ED Spec/Model Bilingual Teaching Mentor Alleghany County Public Schools Low Moor, VA May 25, 2012 $48,070
Bilingual Education Sp./Model Bilingual Teaching Mentor Alleghany County Public Schools Covington, VA Jul 03, 2016 $47,825

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Top Skills for A Mentor

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Top Mentor Skills

  1. Child
  2. Positive Role Model
  3. Mathematics
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Provided extensive expertise as guidance counselor, and as a mentor for adults and school aged children
  • Serve as a positive role model and friend.
  • Helped students with their homework in all subjects, but specialized in Mathematics.
  • Maintained a clean, healthy and safe environment.
  • Served as a mentor for a 14 year old girl from the Karen ethnic minority in Burma

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