What’s the best piece of advice Aru has given you? What impact has this had on you?
Among so many pieces of advice Aru has shared with me, I would like to share the pieces of advice that he has given me on leadership. When I was reflecting on my leadership style, Aru shared that I should have more honest discussions with people I work with about the work and how much support I should provide as the leader. That advice made me reflect on my communication style and pushed me to find better and more open ways to communicate with others.
What would you say to other students interested in mentoring?
Even though it might be a cliché, don’t be afraid to join the program - it is indeed a valuable experience that King's can provide to you! I also hope that instead of thinking of a mentorship program as the way to build a connection, you think of it more as building a friendship with someone you can talk to and learn from – it will make your mentorship experience more comfortable and smoother. Most importantly, I hope you thoroughly enjoy the mentorship program as much as possible and build the mentorship program together with your mentor in the way you want – there is no one answer to how the program pans out. How you want the program to influence and help you is up to you, so actively communicate with your mentor and get to know them more!
Name: Colin Jun
Degree: International Relations, 2021
Where is he now? UN World Food Programme
To read about Aru’s experience of working with Colin, please click here
In 2022, 575 volunteers contributed over 2900 hours towards the King's Global Day of Service - will you help us go further in 2023?
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