Keep Calm and Find a Mentor

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” – Lailah Gifty Akita

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My Mentor Angel and I

There are tons of reasons people attend college. However, getting the job of your dreams once completed is the game plan. From my experience, let’s just say, going to college was the easy part.

I never expected landing a job would be easy, but the frustration of applying for jobs was on an entirely new level. At first it was fine, almost fun. I had this routine to wake up, exercise, eat breakfast, and then begin my applications for the day. I was so determined. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.

After a few weeks, my patience had run dry. I became very wearily of the daily process. I even completed an application with my eyes close (I don’t recommend this). Before long, I had put in over 50 applications in less than a month. I completely burned myself out and lost hope.

I knew I had to take a step back. So I sought solace in doing other things. I made swimming a daily exercise, started reading books again, and started my blog. After a week of not applying, I contacted my mentor. I met my mentor Angel Cancel in college. The first ever conversation I had with him, he inspired me. He’s one of those people that make everyone around him better. The day I met up with Angel, he put everything in perspective for me. He assured me that I was not a failure. In his exact words “What’s meant for you, no one can change that.” After that not only was I inspired, but he also revamped my resume and cover letter.

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Graduation 2016

Feeling rejuvenated and ready to get back on track, I started applying again. But this time I took my time. Instead of applying to five or more jobs a day, I applied to one a day. That allowed me the opportunity to properly prepare both my resume and cover letter for each specific job.

A few days later, I started getting call backs. It was a complete breakthrough. By the end of the summer, I had gotten two internships and was placed in the final pool of applicants for two jobs. Last week, I started working at my first official Post-grad job.

I am extremely grateful for this opportunity. Working in NYC has always been a dream of mine and now that dream is fulfilled. I see this job as a moment to learn, grow, and enjoy. Is the job directly related to my college degree? No. But one of the most important things I learned since graduating college is the ability to go with the flow. Sometimes our destiny is leading us where we are meant to be.

None of this would be possible if not for my mentor. He aided me in a time of need both professionally and emotionally. I think we all have the capacity to be great, I just think mentors speed up the process. Let me know in the comments how your mentor has helped you on your journey.

If you don’t have a mentor, check out this video for tips on how to get one!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87qjIZRkkio

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I guess my view doesn’t suck either

XO

Katherine

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52 thoughts on “Keep Calm and Find a Mentor

  1. Herlina Kwee says:

    The first person I considered as a mentor was my pastry instructor. He knew my skills before I did. He entered me into my first pastry competition. He coached us through the process and we won first place in the student competition. That gave me confidence to enter many more competitions after that first one.

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  2. Janire says:

    Every great person has or had a mentor in some form or another. Congratulations on finding your mentor. Inspiration is key and in order for us to really grow and be successful we should always be willing to pass on our own knowledge to others.

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  3. Lauren says:

    I agree that mentors are so important. I’m new to the working world and luckily I was able to find a mentor in my field earlier on. He has taught me so much and i’m so appreciative of him. Good story!

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  4. Takeara says:

    I’ve been thinking of getting a mentor myself; maybe this is confirmation for me. Boy do I know that the job search is no easy task but things will work out in the end! Congrats on your success!

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  5. Maninder says:

    I think it is important to have a mentor at all stages of life. You never know what life will throw at you, sometimes words of encouragement are good enough to get us through tough times.

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  6. Karla | Travellersoul76 says:

    Having a mentor or someone with more years of experience & rich in knowledge is so important but we must leave our pride or fear aside and ask for guidance or counseling for those who have gone through similar situations!

    They are the voice of reason with just the right words of wisdom to help you achieve that which you desire!

    All the best of luck 😉

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  7. Fullheartandsoulliving says:

    Good for you in finding a mentor and also on your new job! I would love to find out more about how you got a mentor and how to find one out of college!

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