Where do you go for advice when you’re striving for your next promotion? Or if you’re unsure of your next career move? Who do you talk to if you’re having issues with a manager? Or if your personal life is impacting your career? Who do you ask for help? Do you have a sounding board for your aspirations? Do you have a trusted party to help you brainstorm your wildest dreams?
This is where mentorship shines.
Mentorship can bring wonderful changes into your life. Take one of my experiences for example. I was matched with a mentor via a mentorship program many years ago. At the time, I was feeling lost in my career, not sure which path to take. This mentor helped me figure out who I truly am, and in this process, we set goals together to help me reach my highest potential. I am eternally grateful, for this mentor guided my goals, connected me with high achievers in the industry, and helped me blossom into the career woman I am today.
Eventually, this mentorship turned into a working relationship and together, my mentor and I, built a department at a local Boulder tech company. We had built a solid friendship in our mentorship, knew each other’s strengths, and were able to join together to build something great.
Sadly, not all mentorships have this happy ending. I was involved in a mentorship in which the roles were reversed, I the mentor to a mentee, and this experience taught me just as many valuable lessons as my prior experience. As a mentor, I learned that mentees only get out what they put into a mentorship, regardless of other factors. I read numerous mentorship blogs and tried many coaching techniques, yet nothing caused a breakthrough. There are hundreds of articles written on how to be a successful mentor, but advice on how to be a successful mentee? This is less commonly discussed.
So, here is my most valued advice for mentees →
Best of luck in your mentorships! Enjoy the ride.
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