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Is it important to have a mentor at work?

Everyone could use a little help sometimes. This is doubly true at work, where newbies may struggle learning the ropes or even knowing which ropes to use in order to advance in their career. These newbs sometimes find mentors who, having more experience and know-how, guide them towards a more stable foundation of workplace knowledge. Some find these mentors essential; others think there’s more to be said for learning things on your own. What do you think?

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As previously stated, everyone could use a little help sometimes. Sure, a lot of people go to college in order to ready themselves for a till-retirement-do-you-part career, but the fact of the matter is school doesn’t teach you everything. Mentors, however, can teach you the ins and outs not only about whatever profession you get yourself into, but the basics of dealing with real-world experiences. 

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See, it’s the little nuances that go a long way in a career. Proper email etiquette is a huge part of the majority of jobs today; another is time management and prioritization. Mentors can help educate greener employees in this, ushering them in to the world of professionalism in no time. 

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A mentor could be nice and all, but they’re not essential to making it in your career. Sometimes it could even be a hindrance—if you rely too much on someone else, you don’t exactly gain independence or any useful knowledge you could use when that person isn’t available any longer. A lot could be said for people who get thrown to the wind and teach themselves, the ones who really grasp knowledge and push themselves from the ground up.

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Educating yourself in your own career (or, actually, anything) also allows for more creativity. If you’re taught too many rules, it bars you from getting creative and possibly making something new. Isn’t it more freeing to do things yourself instead of waiting on people to show you how, anyway? 

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