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College Admissions and
Career Mentoring

Today, parents face unprecedented challenges in guiding their children towards a successful future. Admission to top universities is more competitive and less predictable than ever. What’s more, graduating with a college degree, even from a top school, is no longer a guaranteed path to a high-paying job. The situation becomes even more complex when children frequently disagree with their parents or are unwilling to accept their advice.

Since 2015, our mission at Academic & Career Mentors (“AC Mentors”) (“ACM”) has been to guide and mentor the next generation through the demanding journey towards educational and career success. We assist students with:

  • Top college admissions and graduate school admissions
  • Obtaining competitive corporate internships and jobs

Our founder, James Pak, grew up in New York, attended Boston College and Columbia University, and worked for over 10 years in the highly competitive investment banking and investment management industries. His background gives him precise insight into what is required to gain admission into top universities and companies.

Based on the strength of our research capabilities, we provide a strategic, personalized approach to ensure your child not only gains admission to top universities but also secures sought-after internships and jobs. Just as importantly, our guidance is designed to develop important skills and mindset, preparing a child for academic and professional excellence.

The decisions we make today are pivotal for a child’s future, as lack of or wrong information can reduce a child’s chances for attending top universities and securing their ideal job. Each choice we make now plays an important role in a child’s prospects for tomorrow.

At AC Mentors, your child’s success is our success, and we’re here to make it happen. Join us on this transformative journey towards a brighter, more prosperous future. Contact us today, and let’s secure your child’s path to success together.

James Pak, MBA - lead mentor

James started ACM with the mission of helping young people fulfill their potential and start their career as strongly as possible.



ACM clients have received job offers from top employers.

ACM clients have received admissions to top universities.

Client Testimonials

  •   I began working with James during my college application process as a result of a recommendation from an old friend. He was the perfect balance of constructive criticism and encouragement,... read more

    thumb Nicole O.

      Working with James during my college application process was a game changer. His motivational spirit, resourcefulness, honesty, and empathetic approach made the whole process surprisingly smooth. Not only did he... read more

    thumb Holly U.

      James is a wonderful career coach and academic mentor. He has an extremely credible background with applying and studying at Columbia Business School. Additionally, his professional experience with working in... read more

    thumb Jesse C.
  •   James is a very passionate and genuine person when it comes to his clients. He's helped me for three years, and he kept me motivated and taught me so many... read more

    thumb Harrison H.

      I began working with James at LA Career Coaching several years ago and he has been one of the most helpful mentors in my career journey thus far. Having met... read more

    thumb Cheney S.

      James helped me out quite a lot after I signed up for his services. He helped me get out of a slump and gave me the confidence to apply and... read more

    thumb George L.
  •   James is your go-to person for everything relating to development, both for your career and education (jack of all trades!!). He pushed/helped me acquire technical and networking skills, and because... read more

    thumb Lina L.

      I was referred to James by family friend in preparation for my teenager's transition from High School into College. He was very thoughtful to her and my concerns but truthful... read more

    thumb Grace C.

      I got referred to James by a family friend because I was struggling on the essay portions of my UC applications. He was very thorough and patient in assisting me... read more

    thumb Angie H.

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