The Career Conversation: The Benefits of Having a Mentor
Are you at a stage in your career where you think a change would benefit you, either professionally and/or personally?
Or perhaps you are just starting on your career path? Whether you are at the beginning of your career, mid-career, or considering a career change, having a mentor is an invaluable source of support to help you in the commencement of or transition through this. It can be so useful to have another person (a mentor) help you:
Evaluate your current situation
- Explore what you want to experience and achieve in your career
- Make decisions about career changes you want (or need) to make
- Establish goals that will direct your focus and energy
ESSENTIAL MENTOR QUALITIES
What are essential qualities of an effective mentor? And how do you find a mentor who has the qualities and experience you need to help you make that career decision? Your mentor needs to possess attributes (interpersonal qualities, skills, experience, knowledge) that align with who you are, your values, your communication style. This is fundamental. Having a worthwhile career conversation involves a myriad of these attributes from both yourself and your mentor, such as:
- Valuing what each of you bring to the relationship
- Effective listening
- Skilful questioning
- Knowledge of decision-making and problem-solving processes
- Feedback skills that is strengths-based
- A willingness to share opinions and perspectives.
Having a successful career is completely subjective. Read more in Part Two next week.