After many wonderful mentoring experiences, I’ve learned how valuable and humbling it is to take on the role of a mentor. I can only hope that my mentees have gotten as much out of the experience as I have.
After all, mentoring has made me both a better manager, colleague and person.
Are you taking full advantage of the mentorship opportunities available to you?
“Mentorship” is one of the most common phrases in career development. But what, exactly, does it mean? What is a mentor and how do you find one?
A significant mentoring experience can be life-changing. Wise counsel can help you at key points to navigate the unchartered waters of your working life.
But when conducting a mentor search, what you’re looking for? Where do you look? And how do you make it happen?
We know we learn through books and from professors. We gain knowledge through experience, both good and bad. But where do we go for been-there-done-that advice that will shorten learning curves, accelerate growth and allow us to avoid costly career mistakes? The answer, for many, is a mentor.
Despite what some people might say (hello, crazy mentor myths!), a good mentor is like having a career angel who can shine a bright light on your bold ideas and tough work questions.
While you might find a new mentor in a more traditional place like an industry event, you can also find a go-to person in some seriously unlikely situations…
Mentors have helped me see many things differently. That includes what I want to accomplish in life and how to go after it, both personally and professionally.
I truly believe I would not have gotten this far were it not for choosing the right mentor…