But as a former academic counselor at a community college, I can tell you that you can and should take advantage of these resources. College and university career centers also often maintain databases of local and out-of-state employers who are looking to hire new graduates. The staff here can often help connect you with alumni who are currently working in your field. While the purpose of mentors is not specifically to help students find jobs, their knowledge and insight can give you the advantage you’re looking for to stand out from the crowd. Many graduate programs combine academic study with real world internships, giving students an edge upon graduation.