Mentorship is defined as a personal developmental relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.
Like in public relations, mentorships provide mutually beneficial relationships for both the mentor and mentee. Some mentorships develop organically in an internship, job or through class. Others happen thanks to organizations such as Temple University’s PRSSA chapter that has a mentorship program and director that sets up parings. Regardless of how a mentorship starts, it has the potential to play a key role in both people’s personal, academic and professional success.
There are many different roles and benefits of being a part of a mentorship. See some highlighted below.
- Develop strong leadership skills
- “Give back” to a younger member in an organization or workplace with guidance and support
- Advocate for their mentee
- Shares knowledge and experiences
- Learn from their mentee
- Practices active listening with mentee
- Inspire and challenge their mentee to succeed and reach his or her goals
- Increase self-confidence
- Receive advice and guidance to succeed
- Learn networking skills to increase connections
- Identify strengths and weaknesses and work on both
- Give back to mentor by sharing life experiences
- Build leadership skills and maybe become a mentor in the future
- Set goals and accomplish goals
Mentorships create leaders in organizations and workplaces. Being involved in a mentorship can lead to internship and job opportunities but most of all life long friendships. Being a mentor and mentee to fellow public relations students at Temple University has allowed me to expand my interests and find some of my best friends. It is incredible to see where my mentor is now and inspires me to hit my goals. To learn how to become a mentor or mentee for next semester in Temple PRSSA, contact Director of Mentorship: Su Rei Khoo at firstname.lastname@example.org.