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Can anyone start to mentor me ?

Veteran

Karta Morris El Paso, TX

I have been searching for a mentor in the technology industry for some time now, I need assistance with building up my business proposals and tips about funding.

22 July 2020 3 replies Mentoring

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Advisor

David Eastman Gresham, OR

Hello, Karta

First of all and most importantly, thank you for your service. In my 50 years of work, I worked for several leading high technology corporations, telecom companies, and life science product manufacturers.

If you are serious about and what to focus your career in the technology industry, the best entry point for you is to find out about the technology organizations in your home town or in the place you have targeted to live in. For example, here in Portland Oregon we have the Oregon Software Association, the Oregon Technology Business Center and several start up technology groups where you can network and learn about job openings and/or internships.

I would recommend seeking an unpaid or paid internship in a high technology company. My son, after college, took this route and ended up getting a paid internship with a Japanese semiconductor company, then later a position at the company. He currently works at Amazon corporate in Seattle and manages small business logistics with the large shipping companies.

An internship lets you show off your skill sets to your potential employers and lets you see the types of jobs a particular company is offering.

Joining these high technology organizations allows you to network with people already working in the industry, and through them, opens doors for you to getting a high technology job.

Good luck in your job search and much success in your career.

Thoughful regards,

David F Eastman, CEO, US Navy Veteran, ATR2

Advisor

Robert Rahni New York, NY

Hi Karta, silly question - I take it you have already taken advantage of a (FREE!) ACP Mentorship?

They partner with some of the top technology oriented companies and can get you linked up with a Mentor in that field, assuming you haven't used the program already. While Mentors could offer you tips on how to go about securing funding, they are unable to provide funding in any way.

Just in case you were unaware, I have included information on eligibility criteria to take part in their yearlong mentorship below:

-Active duty service members (including members of the Reserve and National Guard).
-Veterans of the armed forces that have served at least 180 days on active duty orders since September 11, 2001.
-Surviving spouses and spouses of severely wounded post-9/11 veterans.
-Service members who served less than 180 days of active duty since 9/11, but who were injured while serving or training.

Hope this helps!
-Robert

Advisor

ACP AdvisorNet Staff New York, NY

Hi Karta,

Thank you for your question. I encourage you to utilize our Community feature to reach out to advisors who have experience in the technology industry. You can search by location, experience, and expertise, and reach out to as many advisors as you would like.

I hope this helps!

Best,
Isabel

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