Where do you see yourself in ten years? A published novelist, a second-year graduate student or a successful employee who is climbing up the ladder of the corporate industry? Sometimes, thinking about this can be frightening and especially when you don’t know what to expect. There are multiple occasions when situations have made us feel like this and it’s good to know that there’s an easy fix to this: a mentor. They are the best career counsellors and like you, they’ve also started broke and undecided college students but now are living off their dreams. They can help you finding your lost passion, identity and sometimes the determination to succeed at all.
The personal and professional support
Mentors do a very good job of reminding you of what you’re working on and sticking to your goals with guidance and support on how to make the best out of every opportunity. A healthy relationship between mentor and mentee is developed when both get to know about each other on all the levels of personality. They need to understand the professional face along with knowing what’s going behind that face. They teach you the ins and outs of the industry, inspire you, believe in you and remind me of your own potential.
The Tough Love
You should always treasure your mentor’s guidance, feedback and opinions as they are hard realities but are given to you because you mean something to them. They see potential in you can that’s why they choose you. The bond only gets stronger with interaction and mutual sharing.
The lifelong connection
The best thing about this relationship is that you don’t just have a teacher but also a friend who you can grab a coffee with and talk to them about your life. There’s no power divide as you are not working for them. The responsibility of holding on to this bond doesn’t only lie on any one of you. Like any other relationship, it’s a two way effort. You never know what they can become, an employer, a best friend or even a family.