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Why Mentorship Matters

Updated: Mar 14, 2023

ajamu attard

As someone who has experienced the transformative power of mentorship firsthand, I can attest to its importance in helping students succeed. Whether you're trying to navigate your academic journey, transition into a new career, or overcome personal challenges, having a mentor can make all the difference.

Research has shown that mentorship can have a significant impact on student success. For example, a study by the National Mentoring Partnership found that at-risk students who had a mentor were more likely to stay in school, attend college, and have better attitudes toward school and themselves. Similarly, a survey by LinkedIn found that nearly half of professionals attribute their career success to having a mentor.

How can students find a mentor?

One of the best ways is through networking. Attend events, connect with professionals in your field of interest on LinkedIn, and don't be afraid to reach out to professors or industry leaders who you admire. This can provide structured mentorship opportunities with experienced professionals who can help you achieve your goals.

Finding a mentor is just the first step. It's also essential to cultivate a positive relationship with your mentor. This means being open and receptive to their advice, communicating your goals and challenges, and being willing to put in the effort to improve.

What qualities make a good mentor? Firstly, they should have expertise in your field of interest and be willing to share their knowledge and experience with you. They should also be supportive, encouraging, and able to provide constructive feedback. Finally, they should be committed to helping you achieve your goals and invested in your success.

As a mentee, your responsibilities include being proactive in seeking guidance, showing gratitude for your mentor's time and expertise, and using their advice to grow and develop. Remember that mentorship is a two-way street, and it's up to you to take ownership of your learning and growth.

By seeking out mentorship opportunities and cultivating positive relationships with experienced professionals, you can unlock your full potential and achieve your goals.


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