Being mentored is a fantastic way to learn key skills and knowledge, all from a more experienced professional. It is a key way to support your development as it helps you to learn and grow whilst simultaneously improving your mental health, reducing those feelings of isolation, and most importantly helping you to feel valued and inspired!
In order for mentoring to be successful, knowing what you want to achieve or having a goal in mind is vital. Therefore taking that time to self-reflect and plan is absolutely key.
Identifying a mentor who meets your needs is important, whilst they don’t have to be in your profession or field, they’ll need to have the relevant skills and knowledge to draw on. Some organisations and professional bodies have mentoring schemes set up, so register for these and get started. Or you can ask within your organisation for recommendations and approach them yourself.
Your mentor will then draw on their first-hand experience, knowledge and insights so they can provide concrete guidance and advice to you. Your mentor will also motivate you, inspire you, and encourage you throughout all mentoring meetings so expect it to be directive and development driven.
Mentoring can be both a long term or short term commitment depending on your preference, so it’s important that you meet regularly and see it through to the end.
You will gain so much from being mentored and the fantastic thing is that mentoring will provide benefits both inside and outside your career:
All of these can lead to an increased chance of promotion and job satisfaction! Those who receive mentoring are likely to be promoted five times more often that those who don’t have mentors.
Mentoring can be so powerful, so really make the most of the opportunity and start the process of being mentored!