Climbing the ladder of life is not an easy process. Many obstacles get in our way, and at times it seems like no one is around to help us. Just about anyone who has achieved success in any aspect of life has had the help of family, friends, teachers, coaches or civic-minded community leaders. Successful individuals can have a tremendous positive influence on young people by lending their support and value of their life experiences. One area where the help of others is especially needed is in education and career planning. A great thing professionals in healthcare, the sciences, law, accounting, teaching, and business can do is to step up and be a mentor to young people in their communities.
Why is being a mentor so important? The reason is that young people need to have some foundation of what they would like to do before they invest years in college and graduate school. In my profession of dentistry, you need to go to college for four years (in most cases), take rigorous courses, admission examinations, and then do not start treating patients in dental school until your third year. So you will not know if you like what you are planning to do for the rest of your career until your seventh year of study. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have an idea of what it will be like beforehand?
At the Dental Comfort Zone, we have actively mentored high school, college and even graduate students who want to enter the profession of dentistry for many years. We also allow area dental assisting schools to have their student’s intern at our office as part of their training. Most of the people we mentor are truly grateful for our help, and the experience is also satisfying for us, especially when they send us letters like this:
“The internship at the Dental Comfort Zone with Dr. Gordon was a great experience. There was a lot of clinical experience, following Dr. Gordon around and seeing the actual procedures being done, which was a very practical way to learn about the field. By the end of the internship, I became very familiar with dentistry my interest in the field grew exponentially. Dr. Gordon never held back in sharing his knowledge and expertise in his field, and his personal advice was always helpful. For any people interested in dentistry and learning what it is all about, I would really recommend becoming an intern at the Dental Comfort Zone.“ – Kyusun Cha
Becoming a mentor is easy to do if you are open and accessible to your patients, clients, students or customers. Let your local high schools, trade schools, colleges and graduate schools know that you are interested in sharing your expertise. Put this information on your website. You can make a huge difference in your community.