Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Mentors Make a Difference

Academic journal article Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences

Mentors Make a Difference

Article excerpt

In my career, I have worked for a variety of companies in industry and education. Each position held opportunities for personal and professional growth. I was filled with excitement and hope as new responsibilities challenged me to add to my professional experiences and capabilities. My education was a similar experience-immersion into the culture and structure to reach my goals. With each experience there was someone who walked close beside me-a guide, a visionary, a leader, a friend-someone who made a difference in my life.

Mentors serve as advocates for young professionals. The relationship may be cross-functional, from a distance, periodic, or consistent, but it serves as a vital transition between adaptation and success. I would bet that each of you can recall a mentor (or many mentors) who influenced your life, your progress, and your perspective.

I remember many mentors. I think about the young college sophomore who lost her dad at 20, moved home to help with brothers and sisters, worked part-time, went to school full-time, and struggled with career direction. A required course introduced her to a young professor who had so much passion and energy. She always was available to talk, to share, to encourage, to mentor. I even thought about changing my degree plan to spend more time absorbing her energy and guidance,

but she encouraged me to continue on my path. …

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