Student mentoring can seem an unnecessary stress on top of a university workload. But rather than something that gets in the way of work, it can be something which goes hand in hand with it. Alongside the academic benefits, student mentoring can up your personal skills, boost confidence, and even help with post university employability. Read on for all the reasons to get into student mentoring.
Builds Your Own Confidence And Self Esteem
One of the best ways to feel more confident in yourself is through helping others. Not only will you realise that you’re more skilled and knowledgeable than you thought you were, but you’ll learn to use you knowledge in innovative ways. Plus, doing something nice for someone else always makes you feel better about yourself.
Develop Employability Skills
To name just a few skills: listening, rapport building, people skills, public speaking, teamwork, leadership and management are all massively boosted by student mentoring.
Makes You Feel More Involved With Your University
It’s easy whilst at uni to feel like a small fish in a big pond. But by connecting with your department and with other students, you’ll realise you’re an intrinsic part of a bigger picture.
Meet New People…
In spite of all the social events, university can sometimes feel lonely. Mentoring is a great way to meet new people – be it your mentees, or other mentors. And because you’re all studying the same course, conversation is easy and you’ll always have something to talk about!
…And Build Connections
You never know what will happen post uni, so securing positive relationships now is key. It’s always useful to put out favours that can potentially be recalled down the line.
Volunteering Looks Great For Future Employers
Student mentoring shows you to be a compassionate, driven and self-motivated person, which are all really appealing skills for future potential employers.
Enhances CV And Job Applications
Applying for jobs straight from university can be daunting, particularly if you have no experience in your field. Student mentoring is a great way to bulk out that aspect of your CV.
Good Use For Acquired Skills And Experience
Student mentoring can help you academically, too. It gives you an opportunity to test and stretch yourself, and try to put your newly acquired skills into practice.
Can Help You See New Ways To Work
Another way student mentoring can boost your academic prowess is by seeing how others work. Through close collaboration with another student, you may see new and useful ways of problem solving and producing work that you’d never have discovered on your own.
Helps You Stay Cognisant Of Your Own Development
By constantly reinvigorating your academic skills, student mentoring will help you see where you’re thriving and where you need to spend some extra time. It’s like practising at working, all while helping out someone else – win win!