Mentoring is a subject of great interest to most college going students considering how important it is for them to be able to be on the right path to realizing their dreams. The right form of mentoring can make or break a bright mind’s future depending on the career direction taken by them. Thus, in the current predicament which most college students find themselves, that being too many options and far too little understanding of which option will lead them where, the role of the mentor in the current age is of utmost importance, since someone who has been there and done that is far more wiser than counsellors, friends or even parents for that matter.
Benefits of Mentoring
- Students are usually confused between career paths during their graduation and thus, end up taking the wrong options even before they are fully aware of its possibilities. A mentor can in that case provide a certain mental stability to the mentee and thus, extract a more rational and intelligent thought process before a final decision is taken.
- Most students require guidance in terms of pitching their ideas and facing up to interviews for the first time in their lives. A mentor’s role here would be to calm down and guide the student in terms of how exactly the interview needs to be tackled.
- Similarly, a mentor’s role is not limited to just giving advice and providing tips and tricks to tackle interviews, but also to hear the student’s ideas out on what exactly he has in mind in terms of career and interests. The mentee must be able to openly explain his ideas without worrying about the stigma, and here the mentor’s role is most crucial.
Qualities in a mentor that promote benefits:
An overbearing or insistent mentor may have a drastically negative impression on the student, thus making the entire concept of a mentor quite useless. A mentor requires the right balance of insistence and persuasion to be able to have the right effect on the student’s mouldable mind.
A mentor must be able to inspire a student as well as be able to give insightful reasoning to the mentee’s questions. This relationship between a mentor and mentee is what forms the basis for a long fruitful partnership in terms of assistance to achieve one’s biggest goals in life.
Qualities in a student that promote benefits:
The student or mentee in turn must not shun new ideas and questions that come to his mind, which in most cases is a never-ending list of answers sought before taking their first steps into the big, bad world that they have been well protected from all their lives. The transition made between being a being a student and a working person is made a lot smoother with the help of a mentor, nevertheless, the student must be smart and willing enough to imbibe and follow up on the advice being given to him. Asking relevant questions is the most important action a mentee must take as the best way to learn and understand a certain concept is by questioning it frequently and intelligently.
Goals of mentoring:
The goals that the mentor and mentee will wish to achieve having committed to the friendship will be varied yet unified on the whole. While the mentor must be constantly identifying strengths and considering ways in which they can be used, the mentee must be continuously trying to work out his weaknesses and working hard to fortify them. Ideal ways to achieve these goals would be by,
- Communicate openly over matters big and small, so that both are on the same page about which direction and what goals are to be achieved.
- Define goals and targets that must be achieved so that there is no confusion of any kind.
- The mentee must maintain a professional but polite attitude when contacting via E-mail and asking questions.
- The mentor in his turn must be able to provide well reasoned solutions to the mentee’s issues as well as give the correct resources and insights for the student’s career growth.
Active participation from both parties is essential for a fruitful mentor-mentee relationship.