Pearson Announces Expansion of Mentorship Program for Students and Young Professionals with Disabilities

Pearson, in collaboration with the National Federation of the Blind, today announced that it is expanding a mentorship program to help college students and young professionals with disabilities explore career opportunities in a variety of fields. This expansion follows a successful pilot program, with eighteen mentees being paired up with mentors in Pearson’s legal department. In addition to discussions and advice from their mentor, mentees were given access to Pearson’s MyCareerPlanning Lab, offered informational interviews with leaders in their desired career field, and given resume and interview advice from human resources professionals.

The second cohort of mentees will be able to participate in a special webinar with networking expert and author of A Lawyer’s Guide to Networking, Susan Sneider. Mentees will also receive a complimentary copy of her book, published by the American Bar Association, and produced for the first time ever in an accessible format.

“It has been an honor to participate in the pilot of Pearson’s mentoring program. It couldn’t have come at a better time in my life,” said Sylvia Modesitt, a twenty-four year old graduate of William Jewell College in Liberty, Missouri. “My mentor’s knowledge and insight really gave me a leg up as I entered the professional world myself, and she has always been more than willing to advise me on topics big or small. This program is an incredible resource for individuals with disabilities–especially those who are interested in learning from successful role models”

“I am so excited to see how this unique mentoring program has given young, aspiring professionals with disabilities the guidance and encouragement they need to launch new careers and imagine new horizons,” said Bjarne Tellmann, general counsel and chief legal officer at Pearson. “The program has also enlightened our Pearson Legal mentors, providing them with a newfound sense of optimism about the incredible resources that professionals who are blind or disabled bring to the workplace. As we kick off our second round, we are looking forward to expanding the program include to an ever more diverse group of participants with disabilities.”

“For over seventy-five years, the National Federation of the Blind has fostered mentoring relationships in order to raise the…

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