“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor” – Lailah Gifty Akita. We can not overstate the importance of mentorship. Be it any field: sports, arts, technology or even entrepreneurship, the relevance of career mentoring has only continued to grow.
History, as well as contemporary knowledge, is replete with glowing examples of the importance, a mentor can have in one’s overall growth and development.
While the internet behemoth, Facebook’s founder- Mark Zuckerberg- relied on mentorship advice from Apple founder Steve Jobs. Others such as Tennis superstar Andy Murray sought mentorship from a previous champion Ivan Lendl. Even Warren Buffet, the legendary investor learned a trick or two from Benjamin Graham: a famous economist.
Another trade or activity where mentoring can be of vital importance is the trade of building a career. A mentor may provide support: both personal and professional, in one’s career journey.
A mentor may also assist in ridding oneself of the lacunas one might have as far as skills and knowledge are concerned.
Here we discuss some of how mentoring can be beneficial for us in the career progression journey. Mentoring can also help us advance our careers in the right direction and at the right speed.
Ways in which mentoring can be beneficial for us
1. TROVE OF KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
A mentor, more often than not, is someone who is well versed in the tricks of the trade. Generally much senior in position and stature the mentor has ‘been there, done that’.
So first and foremost one of the biggest benefits, having a mentor may provide valuable knowledge and experience to assist us in our career progression journey.
Career mentoring might also be beneficial in learning the tricks of the trade. Most of the jobs require a certain degree of technical knowledge and skill, to accomplish them.
A mentor may hence provide the requisite amount of training and hand-holding to teach his mentee the nitty-gritty of the job and also the pertinent skills.
3. PROFESSIONAL NETWORK
Being much more senior and experienced, a mentor has over the years built a robust network of connections. Having such an employee or person as our mentor opens a door or two for us to leverage upon that robust network.
The connections gained and the network, hence, built can go a long way. It can provide a major push in our career progression journey. When it comes to networking, are you on LinkedIn? If not, here’s 3 Reasons to Start Using LinkedIn.
Proper constructive feedback during career mentoring is a treasured asset. It gains immense importance in a corporate setting, more so during the initial career growth years. A mentor may thus perform the all-important role of providing us valuable feedback: both positive and negative.
One caveat that exists, however, is that the mentee should be open to constructive criticism. Also, Mentee should be mature enough to handle negative feedback in one’s stride.
5. PERSONALIZED ADVICE
One can employ corporate trainers and professionals to learn the skills one might feel lacking and also undergo career progression training. Even if such is the case, it by no stretch of imagination means that the importance of a mentor becomes any lesser.
A mentor is much more than just a career advisor. During career mentoring he is more of a friend and knows the ins and outs of both you as well as the job.
Aware of our strengths and weaknesses, a mentor is better able to guide us through important career decisions.
Mentioned above are some of the ways. Having a trustworthy and reliable mentor can assist us in streamlining our career progression journey.
A mentor can provide valuable feedback and constructive criticism and guide our decision making through their valuable experience and professional connections. A mentor can also be an advisor, friend, and guide throughout one’s career journey. So, why don’t you get a mentor today?
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