Are you considering being a mentor?

Mentoring is one of the most personally and professionally rewarding things any employee could do. Here’s how it benefits you:

• You gain recognition as an SME

Individuals want the best-in-the-field to be their mentor. If someone chooses you as a mentor, it is recognition of your expertise in a particular domain. As a mentor, you get recognized for your exceptional professional contribution.

• Mentoring helps you with your own career development

Do you want to move up in the organization or be a successful entrepreneur? Mentoring gives you the opportunity to hone your skills and develop new ones. It showcases your latent talents and opens new avenues.

Additionally, a lot of your work as a mentor will involve providing career coaching of your mentee and making relevant suggestions for change; stepping in when he or she needs support. This way, mentoring also helps you be a phenomenal leader.

• You benefit from unique perspectives and learnings

It doesn’t matter if your mentee is in a temporary position or a permanent position in the company; the insights, learnings, experiences, and perceptions they bring to the table will be unique for what you bring to the table yourself. This way, being a mentor will allow you to meet new people and learn new things.

• Your professional networks will be more enriched

Many mentors have multiple mentees either inside or outside your organization. When this happens, you come in contact with numerous departments, functions and people. You get the opportunity to rub shoulders with individuals who you might not otherwise have the chance to work with.

• It gives you extreme personal satisfaction

There is nothing more rewarding in life than equipping someone with the specialized skills they need to succeed. On a personal front, as a mentor, you can revel in the knowledge that your guidance and expertise contributed to another’s professional success.

• It allows showing gratitude

If you have ever had a mentor of your own and have achieved professional success because of it, mentoring will be the best way to show your appreciation and “pay it forward”.

Are you looking for a mentor?  Check out “Find the Right Mentor”