Your greatest career asset is often your knowledge capital! Taking stock in your strengths and weaknesses and developing both will help you and your future.
A great way to grow is to ask for a mentor or to become one yourself.
A mentor can help you with current projects and assignments, coach you through new areas of growth and share their field experience.
They can provide encouragement and be a sounding board for your ideas.
Knowledge is one of the most powerful tools you can possess, and one that is attainable by seeking new ways to learn. Having a mentor can help you establish goals for the near and the long term. The mentoring process can raise your awareness about the possibilities for your future.
Your mentor can be a great asset to career growth, but if you have experience, being a mentor is also a wonderful way to grow. Not only can you find satisfaction by helping others, but you learn by teaching. Building new relationships, helping others learn from your experience and sharing ways to help them problem solve are often extremely rewarding!.
Both mentors and those they mentor benefit in a variety of ways. Sharing ideas and experiences with each other will often result in increased confidence. As you progress, people will notice in interviews, time with your boss or with your staff. People will begin to notice a change, and eventually, those in your sphere will begin relate and perceive you in a different light.
To schedule mentoring time, you and your mentor/mentee can decide what works best for you after an initial meeting on the phone, through facetime or in person. The relationship you build together is to be built on mutual trust, respect and communication. It requires both parties to meet regularly to exchange ideas, discuss goals and celebrate progress. Even if you have an as-needed basis relationship, checking in with each other at set times to touch base is important.
OPRN has a great mentoring program that helps mentors and those who desire a mentor to connect. Many organizations will allow you to be mentored or to mentor someone in your industry on company time. Ask your supervisor what your organizational policy might be. If not, volunteering off the clock offers the same great rewards and mutual benefit.
If you'd like to find out more about becoming a mentor or connecting to one, visit the mentoring page on our website.
Taking the next step is up to you. It could be a great step to enhance your career!