USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Being a mentor doesn’t mean simply boosting your students’ confidence, though that is important. It doesn’t mean helping them find jobs, though I’ve been instrumental in helping dozens do just that.
Nor does it mean coddling people, though I have gone through my fair share of office Kleenex boxes over the years. Being a mentor means being what the student needs at that moment, whether it’s before a first job interview or a career change a decade later. It means being the one person your student can depend on for a reality check. And, the most important role is being there: available, interested, motivated and present.