Whether you are starting out or are well into your career, having a mentor is an invaluable resource that is often overlooked nowadays. With the abundance of information that is now readily available, people think that having a mentor is an old practice that is now unnecessary. However here are 4 reasons why you need a mentor:
-You have personalized advice at all times
Wouldn’t it be great to have someone that you can go to for any personal career questions? Well this is why mentors exist. People often argue that nowadays you can find all the information needed online however while that is true we have to think about the personalized aspect of it. Because your mentor knows you, they will be able to give you advice that is personally applicable to you. So many times, I have gone to networking events where I have asked a question and the answer while being adequate was not applicable to me. By the same token, it’s easy to find information on google but using it in a way that is beneficial to you is a different story. Take your mentor as your personal Siri. You ask a question and get an accurate answer. I highly recommend having one.
-You get to learn from their years of experience
Having been in the workforce for some time, mentors have quite a bit of knowledge. Like us, they have faced the challenges that we are currently dealing with. They are now at a place in their life where they feel comfortable enough to give us some insight. For instance every time I meet with my mentor, I always take something away from the meeting. It has now come to a point where I always need to bring a notepad with me. This notepad has become my prized possession. It is full of applicable tips.
-You get to receive mental support
I personally consider my mentor as my own personal cheerleader. They are always rooting for you and are there to support you when you need it. I have gone countless times to my mentor for motivation after failed interviews. For instance, after not getting an internship last summer my mentor treated me to lunch and proceeded on landing me an interview with a great company. This is the type of support that is often hard to find within your circle of family and friends.
-You have an advocate who can help you make career moves
Your mentor is your own personal advocate. It’s always great to have someone in your career that is always rooting for you. Therefore they will take active steps in making sure that you reach your goals. Because of their wide network, mentors can always put in a good word for you. For instance, my mentor once helped me land a gig opportunity. As you know, I do freelance social media management and my mentor knew a company that needed media coverage for a weekend. The company was having a festival and needed someone to take over their social accounts. She recommended me for the gig and soon after that I landed the opportunity.
Having a mentor is not overrated. It always helps to have someone in your corner that supports you professionally. I highly recommend finding one regardless of the stage you’re in careerwise.
Christy Joseph , Writer, Shortstints