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The Role of Mentorship in My Career Growth

Over time, mentorships have become a professional norm in the workplace and graduate programs. When I started my career, I didn't realize the significant impact mentorship could have or how to nurture such a relationship. I initially saw it as a checkbox for advancing in the corporate world. However, as I look back on my journey, I now understand the transformative power of mentorship, which is more significant than ever.

When I think about mentorship, various definitions come to mind, but it's truly what you make of it. It's more than just receiving advice from someone. It's about connecting with individuals outside your usual circle and growing alongside someone else. While we often view mentorship as one-sided, it's better to think of it as a two-way street. Both parties in the relationship are involved in the process, and they will both gain something unique to carry with them throughout their career.

My Journey as a Mentee

As someone who thrives on continuous growth and learning from others, I actively seek mentors who can challenge me both professionally and personally. I value those whom I can turn to for guidance and feedback. One crucial lesson I've learned is that if someone is offering suggestions for improvement, it's because they see untapped potential in you. It's also important to recognize that mentorship isn't always smooth sailing. I've had mentors whose advice didn't resonate with me. While this could be disheartening, it reinforced the importance of finding mentors who share my values and goals, empowering me to shape my mentorship experiences.

Some of my best mentorship experiences are those that formed naturally. Throughout my career, I have gravitated toward specific individuals because of my interest in their expertise and, most importantly, the connection I felt with them. You'll encounter many different mentors throughout your career, but my most recent and personal favorite was an aspirational mentor. This type of mentor is someone whom I look to for inspiration and who has qualities I admire. It was a privilege to learn by watching her leadership style and working with her on various projects.

Finding a mentor can happen anywhere and anytime. Having mentors outside of work is also essential to provide safe spaces to ask questions and seek advice. This open and honest relationship can help you feel more supported at work and in life. It has helped me countless times in my career to ask mentors about various decisions that were a bit more removed from what I was going through. They offered objective perspectives that helped to validate my feelings and empower me to be the best version of myself.

How To Get Started

WVU's Marketing Communications Mentorship Program

If you’re looking to find a mentor or even be one, check with your organization to see what type of programs they offer. 

WVU's Marketing Communications Online Programs offers a yearly mentorship program that pairs current students with an alum of our programs or college. The 2024-2025 Marketing Communications Mentorship Program is now accepting applications for one of two cohorts, August-December or January-May. This program will be conducted virtually and applications are due in early July.

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Meet the Author

 Kelly Ramesar

Kelly Ramesar
WVU Marketing Communications Ambassador

Kelly Ramesar is a WVU Marketing Communications Ambassador. She is an alumna of WVU’s M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) and has been working in the Marcom industry for more than seven years. When she is not writing, she enjoys traveling to new places, spending time with her Goldendoodle, and reading a good thriller.

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