Corporations are starting to marketed mentorship programs that give new hires an opportunity to develop their skills with additional support, however many employers don't offer formal opportunities for mentoring. That doesn't mean you can't find a mentor anyway.
Q. What Is A Mentor?
A. Mentors are leaders in the workplace regardless of title. Senior or seasoned coworkers serve as a mentor when they take the initiative to guide new hires beyond standard training. Mentors are role models even if they aren't coworkers and can be family friends, former employers, etc.
Q. What Are The Benefits Of Having A Mentor?
A. There are several reasons why having a mentor in the workplace will benefit you long-term:
1. You get free advice and constructive criticism from a mentor regarding all things in the workplace such as how to perform certain tasks better, how to communicate with other employees, and how to handle customer or client conflicts.
2. You can get hands-on training and demonstrations continually rather than being on your own after your first week.
3. You will be encouraged to interact more with other coworkers, develop professional relationships with new people, and improve your communication skills.
4. You will have someone promoting your career growth by providing additional training, encouraging good habits, and giving feedback you may not get until an annual performance review.
5. You will find more networking opportunities, especially if your mentor is not a coworker.
Q. Why Would Someone Want To Be My Mentor?
A. Mentors get some perks too, though they may not be so obvious. A mentor develops their communication, problem solving, and leadership skills while earning more confidence in their work and pursue career growth.
Q. How Do I Find A Mentor In The Workplace?
A. Employers gain incredible benefits when implementing a mentorship program. Employers will see more productivity, fewer mistakes, less turnover, more loyalty from employees, and increased confidence and positive attitudes. Not all employers will offer a program like this, but it's possible to find, and get the benefits from, a mentor on your own.
Before finding a mentor, you need to determine how committed you are.
Commit To: Change, Criticism, and Engagement
Having a mentor will require you to be open to new perspectives, procedures, and opportunities. Often you will be asked to do something outside of your comfort zone. You will be given constructive criticism and feedback, and you will be expected to contribute your own ideas and opinions as well as actively participate in the process.
Once you commit to a mentorship, it's important to ask a senior or leader in the workplace to mentor you. Together you will need to set goals, work together, and gain confidence in each other in order to gain the benefits of a mentorship.
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