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Beyond human guidance: the impact of AI on career mentoring

G. Shrivastava

January 13, 2023

The Internet can provide answers to almost any question about career opportunities, skills required to succeed in a particular field, potential of growth in a certain role, etc. There is a wealth of information available on the Internet that can be accessed by anyone. Yet, most young people still seek career mentoring.

"Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction." - John Crosby
 
 

Mentors not only answer questions about viable career paths, they can also provide personalised guidance by offering a different perspective on the person's goals. But finding mentors can be a challenging task, especially if your network is limited. And even when you have access to mentors, there is a high constraint on their time and availability, leaving a big gap between them and young people who are confused about careers.

What if we told you that AI-powered career mentors can provide a brain to pick, an ear to list, and a push in the right direction?

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Large language models can be trained to bridge the gap and provide career mentoring to everybody:

🚀 Personalized career guidance: AI-based career mentors can use machine learning algorithms to provide personalized career guidance based on an individual's strengths, interests, and goals.

🚀 Career path visualization: AI-powered career mentoring systems can use data visualization techniques to help individuals understand the different career paths available to them, emerging skill requirements in different fields, and how to move from one stage in the career to the next.

🚀 Online resources: AI-assisted career mentors can guide users to wide range of online resources, such as job listings, training programs, and educational materials, which can help individuals navigate the job market and acquire new skills.

🚀 24/7 availability: AI-based career mentoring systems can be available 24/7, which means that individuals can access them at any time and from any location.

🚀 Cost-effective: AI-powered career mentors can be more cost-effective than traditional in-person mentoring, as they can reach a larger number of individuals and don't require the same level of human resources.

🚀 Scalable: They can scale to serve a large number of individuals, which makes them useful for organizations, schools, and other institutions that want to provide career mentoring services to many people.

Since AI-based career mentoring is not yet completely mature, there is still much room for improvement in terms of the accuracy, effectiveness and personalization of the recommendations.

Human mentors can step in after the first phase of AI-powered mentoring to provide a more human connection by offering feedback, challenging assumptions and giving the much needed emotional support and encouragement.

Ada, the AI-powered career mentor on Adaptiv can answer career-related questions and help users understand how their strengths and interests align with different careers, and provide guidance on how to prepare for different careers. Sign up now for beta access and get FREE mentoring for the next 6 months.