Mentorship, Getting Hired, Career Advancement, Productivity, Work Relations, Networking Opportunities
CAREER / 14 December 2016
Why Getting a Mentor is the Best Thing I've Done
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Kirsten Jorgensen

Picture yourself in the final stage of the hiring game. Companies want to have committed and engaged individuals representing their organization. That’s what they are looking for when they are about to hire you! If you really want to work for their organization and make a difference by bringing personality and unique traits to the table. Now that you are committed... 

Take advantage of the opportunity of a mentor/coach in your organization to push you in your career goals and help you succeed.

This will keep your engagement in the company positive and productive from the start. Having that mentor figure in your company can make or break your career path and set you up for success. A mentor will give you guidance and motivation to reach your goals. Network with people within your company, especially that person that you look up to in the company. 

Having a mentor can push you to be your best and perform at your highest level.

Personally, I have an awesome relationship with my boss - not only is she my boss but also someone who quickly became my role model. Having this mentor figure seemed like it was meant to be because she referred me to an overseas program... and now I get to travel to Japan and work abroad for ten weeks! Having that positive connection and that mentor in my life completely threw my life into a completely different track than where I thought I was headed towards. I would have never even considered traveling after graduation! 

My boss turned into my mentor and then into a role model. 

She really encouraged me to travel and experience something new. Looking back in ten years I know this will be a great decision (one that I probably would not have made without her guidance!) 

Networking Opportunities. 

Finding a mentor means finding a whole new network of people who can help with your profession. If your mentor can’t find the time or can't answer all of your questions, this new network of people could help add value to your career.

 Positive Feedback. 

A mentor can also be used as a brainstorming partner or even as a person to bounce ideas off of. By discussing ideas with your mentor, you can hear their thoughts, get their feedback and build off of their constructive criticism. They are most likely going to be able to see potential downfalls and opportunities that you missed. Motivation can be a hard thing to come by but by telling your mentor about your goals, you create accountability for yourself. Having a mentor not only helps guide career development but also personal development. Talking through things with people more experienced than yourself can help you to learn and grow quicker.

It is said that "you are the sum total of the five people you hang out with the most, so it’s worth thinking about"

By helping you clarify your ideas and goals, a mentor helps you solidify your ideas by making them seen and heard out loud. They will help you look at projects and issues in a new way and challenge you to think about things from a fresh perspective, one that people who you know personally might not be able to bring to the table.

Full Circle.
If your mentor teaches you anything during your time together, it is how to be a mentor yourself. Whether they were good or bad mentors, you will ultimately learn how to be a mentor yourself.     

If I were you, I wouldn’t wait until getting a full-time job after you graduate to start building these types of connections. Start now while you’re still in school! Here’s how.