Why you should consider a career mentor

Why you should consider a career mentor

blog author

about 1 year ago

by Holly Olugosi

​A career mentor is someone who can be there to objectively help you set effective career goals, based on their experience, expertise, and knowledge...

Everyone is busy – juggling family, friends and work can be hectic. Even in this new-norm, it’s easy to leave things ‘until tomorrow’– but when is tomorrow? Making up excuses is easy, but to progress, we need ambition to constantly be growing and learning. If you are victim to pushing your development to tomorrow, today is the day to realign your focus, looking at the ultimate vision for your career – what is it going to take to get the end goal? Have you got the skills and resources to get there?

A career mentor is someone who can be there to objectively help you set effective career goals, based on their experience, expertise, and knowledge working in your field, or with the skills you wish to grow.

Getting a career mentor is a great way to help you focus on your progression and growth – giving you the opportunity to make time for your career development. Look at the bigger picture of where you want to be and at the obstacles that may come with trying to get there.

We address some frequently asked questions on mentorships:

Am I too young/old to have a career mentor?

There’s no age cap on development – in order to succeed it is often said that we need to constantly be learning to keep up with tomorrow. Therefore if you have a clear vision for your future, nothing can stop you, and you should consider getting a mentor.

Who can be my mentor?

Many workplaces offer internal mentorship schemes, but if you don’t have such a scheme available to you – why not talk to your HR department on the benefits of implementing one? Otherwise, look at individuals within your network who are going through the same obstacles you are looking to overcome. These individuals could perfectly suit being a mentor to you. Perhaps old work colleagues, friends or family.

How do I approach my mentor?

Let them know why you would like them to mentor you – maybe you admire their work, or they have the job role you aspire to attain. taking an honest and polite approach, it’s likely they will be flattered and will want to help you.

Taking this human approach to finding your perfect mentor could help you. Remember to be considerate of the time and resources you are asking from them.

Share this article