Whether you’re just starting out in a new career or setting up your own business, a mentor can provide you with the tools and guidance you need to succeed
While the mentor/mentee relationship isn’t for everyone, for the right people it can help them develop and flourish in the workspace.
A study from Sun Microsystems found that mentees were 20% more likely to receive a raise than those who did not have a mentor. They were also promoted 5 times more often.
What can mentors offer?
One of the great aspects of having a mentor is the advice and feedback. Whether it’s on a specific workload, a job interview or salary negotiations, your mentor can guide you over the daily hurdles of office life. They can offer access to their wider experience in the work world and help you see things from another point of views.
Not only can they offer you feedback but mentors will also provide support – both emotional and work-related. Things at work can often become overwhelming, especially if you’re just starting out or have started your own business. A mentor will be there for you when you need them.
Your mentor is your work role model. Seeing someone who has succeeded, will make you believe that you can do it as well. They can also provide you with information on how they achieved their success, their route through the working world and tips on which route you should be taking.
Years of experience come with a lifetime of contacts and connections. Your mentor may also be able to provide you with a foot in the door at companies, a meeting with top level executives and invites and tickets to key events. As they say, it’s not necessarily what you know, but who you know. A good mentor knows who you’ll click with.
As an outsider, your mentor might also be better placed to spot your strengths and weaknesses and suggest career paths based on these or training you might need. If you’re developing unnecessary skills or not focussing your efforts on the right area you could go off track. You mentor will flag these issues up and help you focus on your goals.