The Importance of Having a Mentor
One of the most influential aspects of SWIB is the mentorship program. In the beginning of the year, the SWIB interns and board members fill out a survey detailing their interests, professional aspirations, and what they hope to get out of a mentor/mentee relationship. As an intern on SWIB, I was overjoyed at the thought of having a mentor. However, I did not realize just how beneficial engaging in a mentor/mentee relationship would be.
Now, you might be asking yourself: is it really worth it to take the time to form such a relationship? YES!!!! Here’s why:
Resume & Cover Letter:
My resume and cover letter have completely transformed since my first meeting with my mentor. My mentor read with me my resume word for word, and helped me add descriptive adjectives, key numbers, and clean up the formatting. She also guided me through the process of writing my first cover letter. Having an extra pair of eyes read over your resume and cover letters is always beneficial, especially when it is someone as experienced as a SWIB board member.
My mentor constantly checks in with me and helps guide me through the process of finding a summer internship. She reaches out to me if she hears about an interesting opportunity that she believes aligns with my interests and that I should consider pursuing. Additionally, she is someone to bounce ideas off with. Since she has so much experience under her belt, so she can speak to what it is like to work in different positions. Whenever I am considering pursuing a specific position, I know that I can contact my mentor to get her take on what the position entails.
Social - A Built in Friend:
Whether it be going on a hike or grabbing coffee together, I truly love spending time with my mentor. She has been a great friend to me, and I am always excited to see her around campus. I know that she is always someone I can count on for advice and guidance in any situation.
Forming a mentorship relationship through SWIB has been one of my most meaningful experiences at Stanford. My mentor is always there to guide me, and she has taught me about resumes, cover letters, different fields of business, and the importance of having diverse summer experiences. And, the best part - she is an outstanding friend!
Whether it be in a campus organization, a job, or any community you are a part of, I cannot stress enough the value of having a mentor. I hope that you will also take the time to form this incredible relationship.