I can’t say enough about the benefits of the mentor/mentee relationship. I had the privilege of having two mentors who helped me tremendously as I faced tough professional decisions. Not only did my mentors help me figure out what career path to take, they supported me, questioned me and challenged me as I traveled along that path.
I am proud to say that having mentors in my life shaped me and helped me get to where I am today.
Becoming a Mentor
Have you ever seen someone in your career field and thought “That person really has potential”? Is there someone who frequently comes to you for advice? In both situations, that person might benefit from your mentorship. It is amazing how we truly have the ability to affect the lives of the people around us. Never underestimate the difference you can make.
In my life, my mentors taught me to:
- Listen well. The best mentors ask many questions.
- Guide, don’t do. Mentors might ask you to read a book, visit an exhibit or change a course of action, but they do not DO those things for you.
- Focus on action. The best mentors ask about your plan or course of action and your timeline to achieve it.
Finding a Mentor
Think you don’t need a mentor? Then you’re missing out! Mentors can alert you to new opportunities, help you deal with problems and be an unbiased third party you can go to for advice.
When looking for a mentor, be sure to:
- Choose a mentor who has similar goals and who is in the same career field
- Make sure the person has time to mentor
- Find someone who believes in you
Take some time to think about becoming a mentor or a mentee. No matter if you are the person giving the advice or receiving it, you will benefit from a mentoring relationship!