The Power of a Mentor

November 5, 2008

We have previously discussed how a mentor can help you with determining what you want to do with the rest of your life. But have you thought about a mentor for when you start that new job? A mentor in the workplace is a great contact to have. And you can have one in your part-time work, internship, or full-time positions.

What can a mentor do for you? Besides the obvious of guiding you through work place do’s and don’ts, a mentor can help you along with your career. Choose someone who has been in the profession for a number of years. Their experience in the field can teach and mold you. Plus, if you develop an effective relationship with them they can help you in the future with your career goals.

As you are reading this you are probably wondering what this has to do with you the student? You have a few months to a few years before you are in the work world so what can a mentor do for you now? In the here and now a mentor can be a fellow student, a professor, or someone else who can keep you motivated during your schooling and job search. You have friends who give you that emotional boost but sometimes you need someone who will listen without judging and offer you viable solutions to your academic problems.

So, choose a mentor to help you succeed now in your academic or internship experience but also choose one when you start that new job. Good luck!

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