College can be intimidating. With many students juggling classes, jobs, and extracurriculars, college life can seem like a maze to even the most seasoned college student. Thankfully, there are many people who have been exactly where you are now, and they are ready and willing to lend a helping hand.
How to Find a Mentor
A mentor can be anyone – from a professor you’ve known for many years to an upperclassman you just met in class. You can also find mentors by being involved on campus. Joining a fraternity or sorority, participating in clubs you’re interested in, or entering a learning community are all great opportunities to meet mentors or peers. Use these mediums to build relationships that could last a lifetime.
When it comes to finding a mentor, the biggest hurdle is working up the courage to ask for help. Often, students and young adults think people are too busy to mentor them. In some instances that may be true, but you never know until you send that email or make that phone call.
When you hear the word mentor, networking might be the first thing that comes to your mind – and for good reason. Mentors can help introduce you to new people, land a job after graduation, and even move up in your field.
Many mentors are well connected. You never know when a friend-of-a-friend could help you achieve your career goals, so keep meeting new peers.
Quick Tip: We’ve covered good networking practices in the past. Check out our advice to build lasting relationships in your field.
Be a Good Mentee.
Remember: Your mentors aren’t just there to help you move up the social and professional ladder. Like many who have impacted your life, they are there because they want to see you succeed – both professionally and personally.
Always treat mentors with respect and don’t forget about them when you do land your dream job. Keep them updated with what you’ve been up to, because they really do care. Many mentors are inspired to help because they had someone great in their corner. It’s a matter of them wanting to pay it forward. When the time comes for you to go out and enter the workforce, don’t forget about your mentor experience. Instead, pay it forward, and become a mentor yourself.
It’s never too late.
No matter if you just graduated or have been in your career for years, it’s never too late to build a relationship with a mentor from a respected company.