A brief history of Mentorship and its relevance in 21st century

The history of mentorship is as old as around 3000 years which is evident in the Ancient Greek epic Odyssey. Homer portrayed the character Mentor who was entrusted with the task of guiding young Telemachus, the son of Odysseus.

Keeping history in mind, the notion of mentorship still persists the same way. A mentor provides a consolidated guidance for the students to utilise the most out of their educational practices. A mentor-mentee relationship develops over a considerable period of time and in due course of relationship development, the mentor gathers knowledge for the type of attention, advice, and encouragement required by the individual students. An experienced mentor helps to steer the beginner in the right direction and provides required guidance to them. This helps the students to plan and manage their careers in the long run.

Mentorship for school students

The practice of mentorship for school students is as important as that of for college students. A mentor’s guidance creates impact in shaping their academic careers and personal lives.

Some of the key notions of benefits of mentorship are as follows:

  • Individualised goal setting for the middle and the high school students plays a crucial role in their characteristic developments. A regular follow up with the mentors enhances personalised learning. A combination of several other aspects like setting up of goals for both long term as well as short term, assessment of academic progress, management and planning strategies, and putting plans into action are all integral parts of forming universal skills of goal setting, versatility and reflecting into action.
  • Reliable mentorship also leads to the development of relationship on the basis of trust. This also helps in building the social relationships of the students.
  • Proper focus on the ability of the students develops their interests in academics and social fields. These meticulous practices enhance self-improvement and fostering their passions.

Mentorship for graduate students

The goal of a school student is to attain knowledge, but for a graduate student, the goal is to apply their knowledge in their chosen field of study. There are several graduate students who posses very little understanding about their course of studies and even remain clueless about the right utilization of their degrees. Here comes the role of a professional mentor who helps the student in attaining better academic positions and enhances their potential for sectors beyond universities. Mentors can also help graduate students financially through scholarships or fellowships, guidance for research work, or even preparing presentations.

To conclude with our thoughts, a good mentor with a patient hearing and sound advice helps in developing an individual with a brighter future.

Anindya Manna

Co-Founder at NinjaMentors

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