Many people would probably say that having a mentor would help their careers, but few people actually have one.
The value of a mentor cannot be understated, just as a value of a coach for successful sports players.
Although most professionals went to university to learn the skills needed to work in their industry, once they graduated, they were left on their own for the rest of their career path.
A mentor can play a significant role for those that are just starting out, or those that are still trying to work their way up the corporate ladder.
There are many benefits to having a mentor, such as:
One of the most overlooked benefits of having a personal mentor is that this individual likely has connections that can help to boost your career.
These are professionals who have made it to the top of their field, which is why you recruited them to mentor you; so they likely have made many contacts throughout this time.
Therefore, if they so choose, they can make a phone call to get you an interview in an organisation where you have not been able to get one, or can personally recommend you to the hiring manager.
If you have worked at your job for years, and have never had the guts to ask for a promotion because you fear losing the position you have, a mentor can help to inspire you to ask for more.
If you mentor thinks you are qualified for a higher position, the confidence of having a respected professional believe in you will help you to believe in yourself, as well.
Also, knowing that this individual was able to get to where he is despite all the same setbacks you may be facing, will help to pacify your nerves enough to reach higher professionally.
While you may have friends and family members to ask for advice, a mentor will be able to provide you with constructive criticism that can help create a better professional out of you.
Whether letting you know which skills you need to brush up on, or how to better conduct yourself at the office to garner the respect of your bosses, this knowledge will be unbiased and direct, and can help your chances of furthering your career.
A mentor can be your unbiased and inspirational aid in climbing the corporate ladder.
By providing connections, inspirations and constructive criticism, this individual can be a big influence in your career.
Head of Training and Development
Originally published: 12 November, 2015
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