Mentorship & Guidance

Posted by on Nov 1, 2017 in ComLead, Organizational Leadership

While this is likely not the first place that you have heard it, having a person that you view as a mentor is extremely important and can really enhance your learning journey.

The road ahead seems much less daunting when you have a familiar face who traveled a similar road and finished with a success story. But it can also be even more beneficial to know someone who’s struggled along their way. These are the people who can share with you what helped them overcome their obstacles and how they figured it out.

In many business settings, employees are encouraged to find a mentor through formal mentorship programs, and some businesses even offer programs to help provide support for undergraduate students such as the Management Development Program at M&T Bank. This program offers mentors to students who can provide them with personal stories and support to help kickstart their professional careers. M&T Bank also offers the Diversity Development Program which aims to further develop diverse individuals who exhibit a strong potential to succeed at the bank. Mentees are paired with a high level mentor who invites them into their networks and helps to coach their mentee through their career.

Management Development Program at M&T Bank. This program offers mentors to students who can provide them with personal stories and support to help kickstart their professional career at M&T Bank.

While many sources mention a mentor in terms of entrepreneurship or the workplace, it is just as important to find one on campus. This can be anyone from a faculty advisor, favorite professor, club president, or even just an upperclassman friend. Having someone there that you view as an inspirational figure and who makes you want to progress can help push your educational career.

By looking to others you can envision what it is that you want to do. Do you want to take the same route? Try a different one? Sometimes you just need to know that there is someone that you trust that you can turn to. As an undergrad, there was nothing more reassuring than receiving some guidance from an upperclassman. You could use their resume for reference or base your schedule around which courses they took and recommended to you.  And if you were lucky enough to have a faculty advisor that you clicked with then they would have sent you on the right path and helped you to discover where you wanted to go in life. These people are brought into our lives for a reason and as wonderful as independence can be, having a helping hand can be just as important when you’re finding your place in the world.


Resources: Management Development Program at M&T Bank

Devon Bradley, M.S. Communication & Leadership ’19 

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