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The recent push for mental health awareness has led to a multitude of mental health campaigns and increased awareness. The continual push and societal climate of mental health awareness has shed light on topics such as impostor phenomenon (IP). Popular news sources, such as Time have released articles and helpful videos on IP, with the intent to spread the word on IP and its symptoms (Abrams, 2018). The popular site Forbes has also jumped on the IP bandwagon, with articles such as “The Imposter Phenomenon: Why The Best Feel Like Frauds” (2018). The popular business site used IP in a unique framework and applied it to the area of business and lack of preparation to make the hardest sale of an individual’s career: personal skills (Nasher, 2018). The continual increase of mental health awareness could mean increased popularity for IP, as increased use could cause it to become a well-known buzz word. A current buzz word that is often talked about in the professional world is the term mentorship. Popular sites constantly share articles on tips and tricks for the best mentoring and why mentoring is worth all of the hype. CNBC explains how mentorships allows for everyone, including the company to benefit and “win.” (Dhanusha, 2017). This mindset that mentoring benefits everyone has shifted the idea that mentoring is an interpersonal relationship between two individuals. Numerous educational institutions have adapted the popularity of mentorship and now boost about their topnotch mentorship programs with faculty offered to students. The School of Business at the University of Kansas proudly elaborates on their mentorship program that pairs alumni with students, allowing the opportunity for the student to have connections with an individual with experience in their future profession (School of Business, 2019). Although mentorship is not a new concept, the idea of those who benefit from mentoring is being expanded, and with it the importance of mentoring.




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