Why I Became A Mentor

Posted on March 23, 2015

This is a guest blog post written by  Intern Queen Alumni Ambassador Alicia Valko. 

I’ve always believed in having a mentor, whether formally or informally. The best lessons I’ve learned throughout my career have come from trusted advisors, who have been kind enough to help guide me and give me the tough truth. It’s given me a leg up in my career and helped me grow both personally and professionally.

And recently, I’ve had the opportunity to become a mentor myself!

Through the Intern Queen network, I volunteered to take part in the first ever mentorship program. This past September, I was matched with an eager Campus Ambassador looking to learn how to transition from college into the real world.

Here’s why I think you should say thank you to your mentors and pay it forward like I did:

  1. Helping others start their career is extremely fulfilling… it just feels good to know that you’re a positive influence in someone else’s life.
  2. Becoming a mentor will help you get experience in the fun parts of coaching others – which you likely won’t get to do for a few years into your career. Even if you don’t have a ton of experience under your belt, you still know more than those just starting out and can impart your knowledge and create a really special relationship.
  3. You can leverage your experience (and possibly contacts) to help someone find their dream job! And what’s more rewarding than matching others with great opportunities?

I hope my post inspires you to seek out both mentors and mentees – as we never stop learning!

 


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