Making the Most of a Mentorship

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Taylor Kim
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If you are lucky enough to have someone invested in your personal, academic, or career success –  it’s important that you make the most of that relationship! Don’t be intimidated by mentors. They are there to help you! I have had a very valuable and insightful experience being mentored as part of the Pearson Scholars program, and I want to share with you 3 pieces of advice to ensure you make the most of your mentorship!

Get Personal.

It can be intimidating to share the details of your life with someone, but doing so will help you create genuine connections with your mentor. It will be easier to maintain a relationship if you are updating one another on life events.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.

The worst thing that anyone can say is ‘no’. However, most of the time, your mentor will be more than willing to help in your educational journey. Be open to suggestions and eager to learn. Feedback is critical to developing healthy perspective and ideas.

Focus on self-development.

Knowing who you are and what you want will help your mentor pair you with resources and internship opportunities. Growing and changing is a constant process that we aren’t always aware of. Take some time to refresh and reflect, whether that be through meditation, prayer, journaling or talking with friends and family.

Having a mentor is very helpful in your success as you progress from academics to careers. The relationship you have with your mentor is vital, and that is why I encourage you to not restrain your emotion. Truly get to know the person, and they will get to know you as well. Through this, don’t hesitate to ask for their advice, but also keep in mind your own personal goals and development.

Have you had a mentor? What made the relationship great? Share with the Pearson Students community by commenting below!

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