Students need mentors to help in navigating the complexities of higher education, and the uncertainty of what post-eduction life has in store. It is necessary, not only because of the knowledge and skills students can learn from mentors but also because mentoring provides professional socialization and personal backing to facilitate success in universities and beyond.
With reference to a study on predicting the success of virtual school students, looking at nearly 3000 survey replies, online students who had mentors were about twice as likely to pass the course than those who didn’t. Effective learning, in turn, fosters the growth of exceptional leaders, thinkers, and communicators who can be a great asset to society.
A mentor can help one to compress your learning curve, open your mind to new thoughts and potentialities, identify possibilities and advise on how to develop yourself. Listed here are a few reasons why a mentor is critical in your learning trajectory.
Source of knowledge.
As Benjamin Franklin said, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” With a mentor there from the start, one can tap into a wealth of knowledge that can get one up to speed faster and shortened that learning curve. They have the experiences you can learn from to prevent making the same mistakes beginners make. They help you to skip the devastating effects of not knowing.
For the constructive critique
A mentor offers help in seeing things in oneself that they could not recognize. We want to know exactly where we are lacking so we could improve those areas. Mentors will always be brutally honest with you and tell you exactly how it is rather than downplay any of your weaknesses.
Spurring personal and professional growth.
Mentors would often pose questions to think about and ask us to come back with answers later. They would also set various goals and let one loose to see if they could accomplish them on their own, all the while watching from a distance to see how these projects helped one to develop. They also focus on the character and values, which nurtures our personal growth as well as leadership abilities.
Encouragement that keeps one going.
Inspirational entrepreneur Oprah Winfrey stated, “A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” They provide the encouragement and guidance that gives one hope and confidence. They take on this task of parent to teach us good work habits and provide the boundaries for one to work within. This solidifies one’s work ethic and sharpens one’s focus.
In a fast-moving world, it can be hard to know who to trust, especially with proprietary information or intellectual property. Since mentors are outsiders with no stake in any idea or venture, they will be happy to let one know what they thought.
Playing a double role of mentor and connector, they can provide access to contacts within the industry who are interested to invest in your company, offer their abilities and expertise, introduce the talent that can fuel businesses and help one get closer to one’s target audience.
Connect with our Entrepreneur Learning Program team to get live sessions of our mentors that help you achieve your goal. We offer guidance in a wide variety of sectors that one aspire to succeed. Holding a mentor is not a sign of vulnerability; it shows you are smart enough and are driven enough to succeed.