Bishops and branch presidents can help individuals achieve career self-reliance by referring them to Church welfare operations such as DCS and DI. There, individuals struggling with employment may receive personalized coaching and vocational counseling.
What Is an Employment Mentor?
An employment mentor is someone who can aid bishops in helping members find suitable employment and build successful careers. In addition to helping with the job search, the mentor should be part of the job seeker’s support team. When assigning a mentor, look for someone who is caring and empathetic and who relates to people well.
Contact the nearest DCS office or DI to discuss unemployed or underemployed individuals in need of career help. Consider setting aside time during ward council to discuss the needs of unemployed or underemployed members. (Refer to Ministering Resources: Employment for more information.)
Who Needs a Mentor?
After authorizing an individual to work with DCS, it is recommended that you assign a member of your ward or branch as a welfare specialist to serve as an employment mentor. An employment mentor plays an important part in helping the individual achieve career self-reliance.
As DCS or DI staff work with individuals you refer, employment mentors participate with them in regular planning and reporting meetings and in other activities. (See For Mentors for more information on an employment mentor’s responsibilities.)
When you or one of your counselors extends the assignment to a member of your ward or branch to be a mentor and he or she accepts, please be sure to do the following:
- Provide the mentor with the brochure How to Be an Employment Mentor: A Guide for Your Success.
- Provide the mentor with appropriate background information on the individual he or she will be working with, such as pertinent information about their social, vocational, and economic situations; contact information; and any goals already set or assignments previously given.
- Establish expectations with the mentor. For example, determine how and when the mentor is to report back to the bishopric or branch presidency, and explain that the duration of a mentor’s service is determined by the individual’s progress.
- Inform DCS staff once the mentor has been assigned.