My career needs a boost; I read books and attend seminars, but I seem to respond best when I have someone to talk with about what I am experiencing. How would a mentor help me?
Congratulations on caring enough about your career that you are looking to find ways to move forward faster on your own initiative. For centuries “mentoring” has been the most effective way to learn. Even in the electronic age of today, I believe mentoring is the KING of all teaching methods –regardless of age.
A good mentor is a leader, critic, helper, and confident; most importantly, they share something in common with you- they have been or are now where you want to be.
Here are a few reasons why engaging a mentor gives your career the boost you are looking for. A mentor can provide:
Career advice- Mentors are many years ahead of you and have experienced what has worked for them and have probably had a few failures, so they can advise you on what to look for before making your moves.
Industry knowledge-Mentors may have industry knowledge in your industry or across several industries. Mentors can help educate you on how to use their industry experience to improve your current position.
Skills expertise- Mentors have skills that they can share their knowledge about which will provide insights as to how you can do your job more effectively.
Decision-making guidance- Mentors have years of experience and can provide you with options which can be used to resolve issues you may be encountering.
Confidential communication-Mentors are there for you and they can help you with your career growth while keeping those conversations private. You may not want to communicate with others within your organization, so an external mentor is typically agnostic in terms of company politics.
The overall value of a mentor to you should be an accelerated career journey, increased effectiveness, better results, smarter decisions and increased income.
Still not sure if a mentor would help you? Here is an Assessment that will help you make your decision- WOULD A MENTOR HELP ME?
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