Finding a mentor is vital to your personal development as well as career goals. The more you are mentored, the more you understand the importance and value in achieving your goals. Your mentor can be anyone from a coach, family member, teacher or friend. Whoever this person may be, they should have more experience in career and life to help you hone your talent and skills while helping you prepare to dive into new opportunities.
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself. A mentor is someone who allows you to know that no matter how dark the night, in the morning joy will come. A mentor is someone who allows you to see the higher part of yourself when sometimes it becomes hidden in your own view.”
~ Oprah Winfrey
The benefit of mentoring
A balance is created on a human level for both the mentor and one who is being mentored. It connects on level of helping others as well as the desire to get better. As we walk on the path to search for guidance, it is important to look in all the directions to provide the right guidance for ourselves. This helps the mind and soul, in the long run, to be more resilient and forthcoming to the challenges life throws at us.
Some of the key points to understand and make the most of this process are:
· There are two options when mentoring is concerned – formal and informal. There are formal opportunities through the professional network as well as informal ones which can be of equally great value. For example, there could be someone in the professional circle whose work you admire and like to take insights and recommendations from them for your own career. Similarly, while approaching informal mentors you get a complete perspective of their life, challenges and how they overcame them.
· One of the most vital points is to yourself, to know what you would like to learn and be inspired by your mentor. It could be either their professional career approach, personal life success, or something completely different. By having a clear perspective on the learning, the progress to achieve your goals will be clear.
· Negative examples are also a part of the learning process and can teach you a lot about the personal and professional drawbacks to avoid in life.
· Confidence and trust is a vital component in the mentoring process. It is a safe space where both the mentor and mentee relationship is based on faith and hope for the better.
· Don’t be afraid to confront and request someone to be your mentor. Senior people are mostly much approachable and helpful than you might imagine. They are usually always ready to motivate and share experiences of how they bounced back in challenging times.
Mentors are easily accessible anywhere. But the most important thing once you have found one, you have to listen. They can offer a new perspective and ideas that you hadn’t considered before. So, take the leap and get mentored to accomplish your career goals.