Mentorship Experience

I am participating in a mentorship program as a mentee in YWiB SFU, and I went to the orientation of mentorship this Friday to meet other mentees and mentors.

One thing I learn from mentorship is that the mentee should have specific goals that he/she wants to accomplish in mind and mentor will be the one that is guiding the mentee to accomplish those goals. Goals should be set in the first meeting.

Mentee should be the one that is maintaining the relationship. In a mentee-mentor relationship, not only the mentee will learn and benefit, but so will the mentor.

Another interesting thing is that in a statistic report, it shows that female mentor tends to be more like a teacher, and male mentor tends to be more like friend. For example, female mentors would give advise to their mentees and try to help them to accomplish their goals, but male mentors will open their  network to their mentees.

People that are or are thinking of participating in AIESEC Mentorship Program could take these comments in mind 🙂

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Get Involved! Stay Connected!

Are you unsure about your future and your career path? Don’t Worry! Most of us are at the stage where we are still deciding which directions we would like to head towards in our career life. We are still students and we still have time!

What’s next?

This does not mean that we should procrastinate and hope that our dream job will occur in front of your eyes. This means that it is time to get out there and explore different opportunities that lies ahead of you. Since we are students, we still have time to figure out what we want to do in our lives and what we truly enjoy doing. Therefore, students can start getting involved with school clubs or volunteering off-campus to figure out what they enjoy doing. Students should take initiatives by stepping outside the box and allowing themselves to explore and experience different opportunities. As a senior student at SFU, I believe that getting involved with school clubs is extremely beneficial as it has allow myself to figure out my interest. By volunteering and staying involved with school clubs I have . .

  1. Gained experience and skills in various fields including: leadership, time management, team work, relationship building, and the list goes on….
  2. Made good relations with new friends, faculty members and staff around the SFU community
  3. Enhanced my resume
  4. Figured out my interest and strengths
  5. Each student club,organization, or union allows students to elaborate their skills and find their interest. Within a student club, it is compiled of students that are all learning, enjoying, growing, and sharing ideas together! Don’t be afraid! Get involved and stay connected now!  AIESEC SFU is a great way to start!

I’m sure everyone has different experiences with school clubs, what is your experience?

 

Imagine each one of us as a dot and when we connect all the dots together, we create a perfect picture!
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Increase your Klout Influence on Twitter

Recently, I’ve gotten really interested in learning more about Twitter and Klout. I signed up for Twitter a long time ago before I had any interest in actually using it. I only signed up because I wanted to make sure no one took my username! But once I heard about Klout, which is a score out of 100 that measures your overall online influence, I immediately looked myself up. I had 2/100. It was such an unfortunate score that it motivated me to start taking Twitter more seriously.

Klout uses over 35 variables on Facebook and Twitter in order to determine your influence which is measured with True Reach, Amplification Probability, and Network Score.

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Cut Out Your Distractions

We all get distractions, whether it’s watching TV, video games or online sites like Digg, Delicious and Reddit. It can become a huge strain on your life. A study has shown that the average American watches 28 hours of TV a week, that’s almost ¾ of a full-time job! If distractions cause you to procrastinate and things take twice as long to accomplish, you’re losing a lot of time on other important things in life, like friends and family. Don’t lose sight on your goals and purposes, cut out your distractions immediately!

First of all, let’s remind ourselves that time is money. As suggested by Randy Pausch, what are you worth an hour? Continue reading

What you don’t learn in school

If you don’t know me, I’m a photography nut, and stumbled across this article about becoming a photographer. Well how does that relate to AIESEC or the real world you ask? It’s all about entrepreneurship: starting your own business and making it happen no matter what it is.

This article summed up 8 things that a photographer might not necessarily learn in class, and from my experience, you can apply 6 of these rules towards AIESEC, as well as, for your professional and personal development

6. Building a System
When you start something, it’s better to plan everything all out and go from there. You will save time and also prepare yourself of what’s to come. Sometimes you’ll be faced with things that you can’t prevent, but those are just challenges to make your system even better the next time around! We’re constantly planning things in AIESEC, so why not make a system, reuse it, but make it even better the next time around!

5. Getting Past the Fear
This is something that I definitely learned outside of class through my part-time employment and/or AIESEC. However, if fear is holding you back, especially the fear of failure, you really shouldn’t let it. If you don’t succeed, then take it as a learning experience, and just keep trying until you get better. Personally, I like to formulate a plan and then execute it, even during stressful situations, I formulate a base plan, and go with the flow. Simulation was one of those things that the Executive Board wanted to share with the members. It got you to do things because of the time constraint and forget about your fears momentarily.

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21 days to change your lifestyle?

Have you ever planned to implementing a new habit into your life and given up after few days of unsuccessful attempts – maybe you wanted to make a new habit of exercising every day, but it never worked with your other commitments and you just stopped trying?

Well, you might have given up little too early – Research and self-help books find 21 to be the magic number that helps people break old habits and form new ones. But how can you stay committeed to this 21-day trial of forming a new habit?

Here are some tips to help you get through this trial period!

  1. Think of why you are trying to adopt a new habit. When you have a clear purpose in your mind, there’s higher chance of you staying motivated and succeeding in forming a new habit – which hopefully will increaser your productivity and provide more positivity in your life.
  1. Understand the barriers/difficulties in implementing your new habit, and think of the ways to overcome those barriers. Going back to the exercise example in the beginning – if you have meetings or work scheduled in the evening, try to plan the exercise session in the morning instead.
  1. Work on one habit at a time. If you start implementing 10 different new habits at once, this 21-day trial might become very burdening and even stressful. Start with the most desired and important habit, and work your way through to a next one.
  1. Track your progress! Have a calendar and put a big X or circle if you are successful in     completing the desired activity related to your habit. This will visualize your progress and motivate you with the feeling of satisfaction and achievement every day!

If you want to learn more about 21-day trial program, the following pages will be useful:

What is your opportunity cost? (2/3)

Anyone have too much time?

Time for the second section in learning to manage your time better!

Opportunity Cost

Remember learning about opportunity cost in your economics class? Well, it’s time for a refresher. The concept behind this term is basically that you can’t have it all. Your time is limited. This means you have to decide what you’re going to do and what you’ll have to sacrifice.  In order to make these decisions, you need to know which options are most important. If you choose to accomplish the most important task of all, the next best alternative will not be completed, and that is your opportunity cost.

You can never get time back, so make sure you use it wisely. Think about how much your time is worth. How much is one minute of your time worth? How many minutes of your day do you waste on activities that don’t ultimately help you accomplish your goals? If you spend an hour working on a task that’s not very valuable, that is one hour of your life that you’ll never get back. And that is incredibly monumental.

Instead of just doing things, ask why you are doing it. What happens if you don’t do it? Be more aware about doing things right vs. doing the right things. You’re about to do something because it’s on your To-Do list, but why is it there?

In a lecture by Professor Randy Pausch, he mentions Lou Holtz, who has a great list of 100 things he wants to do in life. Once a week, Lou would look at the list and ask himself, “If I’m not working on these 100 things, why was I working on the others?” I think that is a really powerful way to think about life. We should all have a list like this.

So, the way to find more time in your life, is learning how to say, “No.” Simple. Do less and you’ll won’t be constantly weighted down by a giant to-do list. Don’t become overloaded with work because you agree to every project or do other people’s work. Learn to delegate effectively and teach others how to do their own work.

Pausch loves to ask himself three questions everyday:

“What am I doing that I could delegate to somebody else?”
“What could I do more efficiently?”
“How am I wasting other people’s time?”

Start asking yourself these questions.

Part three will be about distractions. Stay tuned.