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The adult college student's guide to mentors: Why they help and how to find one

Written by Ashworth College on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. Posted in Career

The adult college student's guide to mentors: Why they help and how to find one

We can all use a little help now and then—especially when we're working toward a goal. For students enrolled in online college degrees, it's beneficial to have someone to offer advice. A guide to help steer us clear of big mistakes. A coach to give a different perspective.

The College Student’s Guide to Mentors.

Did you Know?

  • 60% of college graduates say mentoring is so powerful, it influences whether they say yes to a job.
  • The more mentors a woman has, the faster she gets promoted.
  • 70% of women of color in management who had a mentor received a promotion.

People who have mentors earn $5-22k more annually than those who don't.

Famous Mentors

  • Lil Wayne Mentored Drake
  • Maya Angelou Mentored Oprah Winfrey
  • Steve Jobs Mentored Mark Zuckerberg
  • Mira Nair Mentored Lupita Nyong’o
  • Obi-wan Kenobi Mentored Luke Skywalker

Other sources for mentorship

  • Podcasts
  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Conferences
  • Membership sites
  • Seminars

How to Find a Mentor

  • Look up, left, and right
    Mentors can be managers and executives, and people who are your peers
  • Go outside your industry
    People in other fields are often able to provide insightful advice, and extend your network
  • Attend local interest-based meetings
    Local interest-based groups are great places to find a mentor who shares your passions
  • Start Small
    Start by asking a question or for advice, instead of jumping straight into “will you be my mentor?”
  • Take an interest
    Build a strong connection by taking an interest in someone else first, and letting the relationship blossom from there

Qualities of a great mentor include:

  • Integrity
  • Shared Values
  • Listener
  • Optimistic
  • Candor
  • Natural Teacher
  • Deep Network
  • Caring
7 Signs It's Time to Change Careers infographic

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