Having a mentor is a significant part of professional success. Mentors can help make important decisions related to an individual’s career. In Nepal, many students do not have mentors so schools and colleges should provide a platform for students to find and connect with mentors whether academic or professional.
Throughout an individual’s career path, he or she needs advice and input from people other than parents, relatives and friends and a mentor can provide that unbiased perspective. This is critically an under tapped resource that we have not utilized in Nepal. Sometimes even our parents and relatives might not really understand the career scope that we chose because the field is a new one (animations, IT entrepreneurship, interior design) and a mentor in that field can provide that much needed guidance.
I encourage students and young professionals to find at least one person who can be a mentor to them whether professionally or academically. I was fortunate to have found great mentors in Paul Cahill and Ellen Cahill (pictured).