It’s been proven time and time again that having a mentor on the job can make all the difference in your career. The benefits of having someone experienced to guide you through tricky office politics, offer constructive feedback, and point out the hidden benefits within a company are endless. So how do you find a mentor?
Start by building relationships with colleagues who seem invested in your career—they may be more likely to take you under their wing. Or if there’s someone at work whose position you aspire to someday hold, reach out to them and ask if they’d consider being your mentor. But before jumping into asking for help, make sure that you’re prepared to be mentored! Mentorship isn’t about simply asking for favours or taking advantage of someone else’s experience; it takes give-and-take on both sides. Take some time to review the following tips so that when you do ask someone at work to mentor you, they’ll know that it will be worth their while.
You’ll gain more confidence.
If you’re looking to make a career change, or if you want to grow in your current role, having a mentor will help. Your mentor can help you find ways to build your confidence and develop the skills required for success. Mentors can also teach effective leadership techniques, communication strategies, and listening skills—all of which are critical in any career field.
You’ll learn how to deal with office politics.
Office politics is (sometimes) a necessary part of working in an office. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to deal with it at some point, so why not learn how to do it now? A mentor can help you navigate the murky waters of office politics, or at least provide you with some helpful advice. After all, they’ve been there before and know what works and what doesn’t.
Your mentor can help you secure a promotion.
As you progress through your career, the value of your work to a company will increase. Your mentor can help you understand how to demonstrate this increasing value and position yourself for a promotion. He or she can help you understand the financial situation of the company and how that might affect your salary.
Mentors also have connections at other companies, so they may be able to help you find a new job if things are not going well at your current job or if there is an opportunity elsewhere that would be better suited to advancing your career goals.
Your mentor will give you an honest assessment of your skills and abilities.
Your mentor will be able to give you an honest assessment of your skills and abilities, as well as tell you what you need to work on to improve your skills.
Your mentor can also share where they think your strengths are, which will help you identify areas of improvement and focus on the tasks that need more attention.
Having a mentor gives you a broader perspective on your career.
Mentors have been there, done that, and are happy to help you figure out how to get where you want to go. They can offer advice about what worked for them in their own careers (or didn’t), as well as advice about how the current market works and what it might look like in the future. A mentor’s knowledge helps guide your decisions along the way so that you can make more informed choices about where you’re headed—and whether or not that path is right for you.
Having someone experienced to guide you through the tricky parts of your career is a great advantage
A mentor can help you get to the next level. They know the ins and outs of your industry and have been around long enough to know what it takes to move up in your field. In addition, they have connections that could open doors for you later on in your career.
Mentors can help you avoid mistakes. Most people have made their share of mistakes along the way, but having a mentor means that those mistakes won’t be repeated if at all possible because he or she will guide you through them and teach you key learnings they took from the same situation.
A mentor can also give advice on how best to handle difficult situations at work that may arise from time to time during any job’s tenure (although I hope they don’t happen often). Having someone experienced who knows what it feels like when these problems occur will make things easier when they arise again someday down the line!
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that mentorship is a two-way street. As much as your mentor can give you advice and guidance, they also need to feel like you’re committing to the relationship and the guidance they offer.
You should never be afraid to ask for help or advice from people who have more experience than you do. Reach out and find someone who can help guide you along your career path.