What is Mentee.me?• Mentee.me will provide High School and College Students, as well as graduates or any job seeker, an unprecedented level of access to quality job shadowing opportunities, one on one professional mentoring, and academic advising at leading universities.• People will no longer have to blindly choose a career or college major but rather will have the chance to learn about and experience a number of options prior to deciding.• Ultimately we are seeking to help people make more educated and informed decisions when it comes to their education and career.
BACKGROUNDINTERVIEWSCollege Graduates & High School Students
Questions we wanted answeredIn conducting our interviews, we focused on a core setof questions: • If you had easier access to mentoring and job shadowing, how would that have changed your college path? • For those in High School, how confident are you in your current career planning? What could take it to the next level? • For potential mentors, what kind of commitment would you make to being a mentor? Would your commitment be bigger with a financial incentive?
What was your path?Discussions with College Graduates:• Almost half had changed their major at least once• Most chose their major because of their interest in the subject• Those who had job shadowing did not change their major• All agree that easy access to mentoring and job shadowing would have made their college decision easierDiscussion with High School Students• A small minority actually know the path they want to take• All agreed that easy access to mentoring and job shadowing could take their career planning to the next level
Would you be a mentor?Those in the workforce had this to say: • Most would be willing to offer mentoring or job shadowing • If compensated, they would be willing to offer on average 7-9 hours a month of services in the $15-30/hr range • If uncompensated, they would be willing to offer 1-5 hours a month of services • Support for a program like we are proposing was unanimous across industries and level of career • About a third of those we spoke to are not currently employed in their desired field – presents an opportunity for advising
New insights• From our interviews we discovered that our potential market would want some sort of ‘guarantee’ of quality • Potential Pivots: Include user review feature or integrate LinkedIn profile information• Academic Advising was not considered particularly helpful by 42% of respondents • Potential Pivots: Focus more on job shadowing and professional mentoring in our inventory• 80% of respondents said they would pay more than $10 for a one time mentor/job shadow session • This gives us more flexibility with our revenue model than originally expected
Customer Quotes“My desire to use the service as a college student woulddepend on the proven reputation of the service” “I think a large part of this service’s value would lie in the people selected to be mentors”“I love your idea”