The Importance of Mentorship

What is a mentor?
A mentor is defined as an experienced and trusted advisor. They are often looked at as resources for academic, personal, and professional guidance. Mentors also offer pivotal career advice that positions us to thrive within our field of work. Because of the struggles they’ve faced, mentors are intended to assist young scholars, students, and entrepreneurs in avoiding the pitfalls of a particular career path. Behind the majority of success stories are viable support systems with key mentors play an intricate role. My mentors have provided me with books that have completely altered the pathway of my career. Mentors have the ability to understand where you are in your career and the information you need to take the next step. Accompanied with vital information, mentors provide knowledge that requires years of experience to obtain. Smart people learn from their mistakes but wise people learn from the mistakes of others. Be aware of the pitfalls that come with your career. Blindly entering into your career can derail or limit your chances of success. Be aware of the risk that are involved with your decisions

How do I find a mentor?
You typically discover mentors through a plethora of avenues. If you are a student, you have access to mentors within your field of study through your specific college network. High school students can build their network starting with the teachers they’ve sustained relationships with. I would highly encourage people to seek out community leaders and professionals in your field of study as mentors. If you are not able to discover mentors who are close in proximity, resources such as LinkedIn offer you the freedom to search for those are in similar careers as you. If you don’t have a LinkedIn, make one ASAP

Lastly, As we evolve throughout the course of our career, so will our goals, passions and even our mentors. Most people change by the decade, some of us change our career paths by the year. It feels as if my career pathway changes by the season. With this being said, it’s completely acceptable for mentors to change depending on the season we are in in our life. The mentors you have in high school may be different from the mentors you have in college. Based upon the information needed, you’ll be connected with different resources to propel you to the next journey in life.

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