How Can A Mentor Help Your Career Grow?
October 31, 2018
What if I told you that you don’t have to walk blind-folded when it comes to your career?
AND you can actually avoid risks in your professional journey?
It is a challenging era for people these days. The job landscape is changing. Navigating your career path on your own is becoming like straight out of the movie of “Mission Impossible”. You waste more time, more money and most importantly you lose your CONFIDENCE!
That’s why having a mentor is the best way to get you where you want to go — a LOT faster.
Your mentor can be an experienced professional such as a coach, friend or colleague who can provide invaluable guidance as they would’ve already gone through the challenges you’re currently facing and help navigate around the pitfalls and obstacles that will slow you down.
Here are 3 ways a mentor can uplift your career:
1. Identify your unique selling propositions
If you want to advance and get promoted within your industry, you need to know what values can you bring on the table and what is holding you back. Though you might be aware of your weaknesses, a mentor can give you feedback on shortcomings that you aren’t even aware of. Looking at you with an new set of lens, a mentor would help you in discovering what skills you have gained throughout the years and point out development areas that you might not be able to see.
A mentor is an invaluable resource for your career as your relationship with them is based on open communication and trust, which makes it easier for you to open up about your struggles and finding ways to reach to a better version of yourself.
2. Constantly learning.
It seems like we’re living at times when it’s beyond easy to find information. However, many people remain lost and don’t find the answers they are looking for. It’s all because there is TOO MUCH information. You don’t know what is good information or bad anymore!
Having someone outside your company or department is a great chance to stay updated with how things are changing around your industry. How to remain up-skilled and gain the knowledge you may not be aware you’re missing. Also, sometimes it is easier to open up about your challenges at your current job to someone who is not part of your company, so you don’t risk in creating waves in your team or department.
Having a mentor, especially with a background in which you are interested to learn in, shows to your managers that you are proactive and have discipline.
3. Grow your professional network.
No matter at what stage of your career you are at the moment, either starting out or looking to upgrade to a role with higher responsibilities; you will always need to know the right people to make the right moves in your professional journey. However, most people work in the same departments, see the same people day-in and day-out and never put the effort to meeting new ones.
Their professional circle doesn’t change… This drastically lowers their chances of seeing new and better opportunities.
Your mentor, being distanced from your industry, and in the best case being a career coach, has a large network across different industries. Networking with the right people at the right timing can upgrade your career exponentially.
Below you can check my video on how to identify a valuable coach for your career.