While this title might sound somewhat provocative, and subject to serious discussion, there is an awful lot of support for the statement — both statistically and from individuals who have enjoyed the benefits of being mentored. Much is expected of employees in today’s workplace, and training is not always available from employers who are trying to economize in order to reduce expenses.
So how can you get up to speed quickly, with fewer resources available to you, and demonstrate that you can be a valuable asset to a company? One of the best ways is to find a mentor who can guide you through the learning process quickly and help fast-track you past many of the sometimes painful lessons that must be learned along the way. Here are some of the benefits which can accrue to a person with guidance from a good mentor — at work and in life.
The Role of a Mentor
Mentors can serve several different roles in helping you learn the essentials more quickly. In some cases, providing a quick tip can be solid gold in becoming proficient or knowledgeable about an activity; and that information might have taken much longer to acquire on your own. In other situations, a mentor might feed you a constant stream of support and encouragement to help keep you on track. Without directing you, a mentor can simply offer guidance that will help keep you on the right path to avoid career pitfalls which might derail your drive to success.
Mentors also serve in the role of a sounding board, willing to listen and to offer their own recommendations to you. This can be far more important than it sounds, yet quite often in life, all you really need is to get something off your chest and relate it to a sympathetic colleague. Their feedback and encouragement will be enough to keep you going, striving to achieve your objectives. A caring mentor who is genuinely interested in advancing your career can show you how everything you learn on this job can be put to use somehow on your next one — in other words, how to extract the greatest value from all your experiences.
If a mentor has done a good job of guiding you, you will have learned some of the most important lessons for your career and for your life. This learning will then put you in a much better position to become a leader yourself, when the time comes. What you’ve learned along the way can become immensely useful in helping you guide the lives and careers of others, and you will be armed with the knowledge you need to earn ever increasing responsibility and create greater success.
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