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Top 3 Reasons Why You Should Have a Mentor

Being connected with someone who is in your professional field while you’re a student is the prime time to develop a mentor/mentee relationship. Here’s my story about why I believe all college students should find a mentor before they graduate. Written by Juliet Rocco

October 2011: I was sitting in on a presentation given by a woman named Patti who worked in the marketing department for a large company. I was hearing her story about the obstacles she had to overcome while going back to school later in life to complete her MBA. I left the presentation feeling very inspired and hoped I would be in contact with her again.

Reaching out: After the presentation, I thanked her and she gave everyone business cards. I reached out within the next day to ask if she would have the time to become my mentor and help me with my internship search process. We set up monthly meetings to go over resume fixes, recommendation letters, application processes and interviews.

I have learned to appreciate the opportunities that I have been given and the most important choices are my own. Having a mentor has helped guide me in the right direction, keep faith and stay confident in this difficult job market.

Without Patti and her connection to my advisor, Emily, I wouldn’t be working where I am today and I wouldn’t be blessed with such fantastic opportunities. I can’t thank them enough.

And finally, here are the Top 3 Reasons You Should Have a Mentor:

1. They’ve been through it before – Your mentor knows exactly what it’s like to be young and entering a new field. Listening to their experiences is invaluable information catered just for you.

2. They have connections – Jobs often come down to who you know and being in the right place at the right time. Forming professional connections with the help of your mentor can get your foot in the door at some high profile places. There are new networking opportunities that await.

3. They want to help you – Whether it’s a recommendation on Linkedin, a letter, or a resume review, your mentor wants to see you put your best foot forward and they believe they can help you do that. You don’t need weekly face-to-face meetings, but keeping your mentor updated through email will keep them in the loop and help them understand where you’re at.

“How do I find a mentor?” Chances are, there is already a program to link young professionals with experienced professionals at your college. To explore further, attend workshops, enroll in classes with professors who have a great reputation or talk to your friends for recommendations.

Takeaway: Having a mentor can not only impact your career and field of study, but your personal growth as well. Finding the right person you click with can give you the edge you need over other applicants.

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Why I Chose to Become a Marketing Major

My story of how I got to be where I am today, thanks to certain people and their guidance. Sometimes, we have to deviate from a plan in order to do what’s most important for our future. I did just that. Written by Juliet Rocco

My story begins in late September of 2008. I was in my senior year of high school and visiting Rochester Institute of Technology for the first time. I was pretty psyched about their graphic design program (yes, I was an art student, but I always had a hard time fitting in).

I was also taking a marketing class to fulfill a business elective requirement and was really enjoying the first month. Now, I was beginning to second guess my future as an art student.

Instead of going to get my portfolio reviewed, (which I eventually did, kicking and screaming to my parents’ expense) I went to the E. Philip Saunder’s College of Business open house. I fell head over heels in love with the New Media Marketing program.

“What do you mean you want to be a business major?!”

My parents were dumbstruck to say the least, since they had spent the last 4 years preparing my portfolio and enrolling me in summer art classes. I honestly can’t blame them for being in a state of shock. Sorry, mom and dad!

The crystal ball says…”Good!”

A few days later, I was back in my marketing class where my teacher, Mrs. Russell approached me after class. She asked, “Juliet, what are you planning on studying next year?” I said, “Well, I was thinking about marketing.” She seemed very pleased with my answer, “Good! That’s what I was going to tell you to do anyway.”

After parent/teacher night, Mrs. Russell helped assure my parents that I was making a wise decision which certainly made them feel more at ease. For the rest of the year, marketing was the one class that I looked forward to and definitely my favorite class of my entire high school career. After making the decision to become a marketing major, I knew there was no looking back, and my friends and family have been an amazing support group ever since!

I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for Mrs. Russell showing me how much fun marketing could be and helping me find my passion. So, thank you, Mrs. Russell!

Takeaway: When I’m discussing marketing with my peers or working on an assignment for class, it never really feels like work for me. Pick something that you can get absolutely lost in! I think that’s one of the most important things to consider when choosing a major.

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