|Feb 05, 2004 1:44 am
||New Article: Being A Mentor
| Lucas Hrabovsky
|| Being a Mentor
Being a Mentor is a very valuable experience. You will be able to share your industry knowledge and experiences to truly help someone grow in a career. Some people may think, “Why would anyone want to know what I do,” or “What do I know that somebody would be interested in learning.” However, by really looking at your experiences and background, you will see that it does matter to others.
One nurse I was talking to, who has had over 30 years of experience in the industry and is extremely skilled at her job was wondering what people would really want to know that she knew. Numerous people, either thinking about entering the nursing field or who are starting nursing would get real value from her advice. She could discuss the lifestyle, the different types of patients she has worked with, obstacles in her position, and exciting aspects of the job. After discussing this with her, showing her how much she actually knows about her job and her industry, she realized that she was knowledgeable and was excited at the idea of sharing her background with others as a Mentor.
As a Mentor, you will not only have the amazing feeling of contributing first hand to helping someone develop professionally, but also you will be able to gain skills yourself. Especially for younger Mentors, a relationship with a Mentee will also allow you to practice managerial skills and build professional networks in the business community.
Mentoring will give you practice in various tasks of management from goal setting to crisis management.
Networks are also important in a career and Mentoring someone gives you the opportunity to advance by taking advantage the resources these contacts have to offer.
Young professionals with even a year or two of experience can be very valuable to seniors in college and recent graduates, both looking for career advice. The young professional would be versed in topics as the transition to the working world, finding employment, and also give a firsthand look into the entry-level positions at their company and industry.
In today’s work environment, finding and retaining quality workers is a focus of every company. When you have worked with a Mentee for several months or years, you will be able to get a feel for this person: their skills, abilities, and ambitions. As a Mentor you will do everything you can to help your Mentee advance. After getting to know your Mentee over a period of time, you may see his/her value in your own organization or the organization of one of your peers. Although not necessary, helping to place your Mentee in a more valuable position than he/she is currently in is rewarding and fulfilling.
Mentoring allows you to give back to the community and truly touch and help someone else with one of the most important things in his/her life: the career. Your guidance will be influential in helping that person succeed and grow, just as you have. Think back to any Mentor or person of significant influence in your life and how grateful you are to that person for helping to steer you the right way. Now is your chance to guide someone else’s path.
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