When Your Mentor Won't Respond to Your Emails When a mentor goes AWOL, how persistent should you be? A reader writes: I graduated from college nearly two years ago, and am looking for a professional mentor. I've worked at my current job at a small nonprofit since October. After working in a similar but very corporate field for the past two years, I know this is where I want to be. A family friend connected me with this job opportunity, and I'm sure she's part of the reason I got an interview.