Students from across Austin area colleges (Austin Community College, Concordia, Huston-Tillotson, St. Edward's, Texas State, The University of Texas, Southwestern) will be selected for this cohort of Apprentices. Mentors will be selected based on the needs of the selected Apprentices. Selection criteria may include employer, industry, job title, alma mater, and community engagement.
Apprentices will meet their mentors at the Apprentice Austin Kickoff held each Fall. Mentors give 1 hour every other week to their apprentices (based upon calendar availability) to help guide the student on career development, make contacts/network in Austin and beyond, and offer general work and community awareness. Apprentices and Mentors are encouraged to meet a minimum of 6 times in person throughout the Fall and Spring semester.
The mentoring relationship will focus on a single objective/goal defined by the Apprentice at the outset of the program and agreed to/accepted by the Mentor. This “challenge” can be anything from helping the Apprentice find their calling or get their first job.
The program will close in the Spring with a small reception celebrating the graduates. Upon program completion, Apprentices will receive a scholarship for a year-long membership to the Austin Young Chamber.
The primary purpose of Apprentice Austin is to develop tomorrow’s young professionals and the future leaders of Austin. Since Austin is one of the most desirable cities in the country to live, it is difficult for recent grads to find work in such a competitive environment. Through Apprentice Austin, we hope too not only find each of these students jobs in Austin upon graduation, but give them the expertise, insights, and connections to have a successful career in their field of interest.
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