Hey Boss Babes!
I recently got a mentor and it has truly changed my life! I am fortunate enough to have extremely smart, talented friends and family around me so I have never really felt like I had no one to turn to for advice but as I grow up I am finding that my career trajectory is very different from the people I usually turn to for advice. My supervisor recommended getting a mentor to bounce my ideas of and get advice from and so far it has been great so I wanted to share some of my top reasons for getting a mentor and how it has helped me.
GET INSIDER SECRETS.
When you are starting out in whatever role you are in you quickly discover there are a lot of meetings and conversations you are not privy to because they are above your pay grade. Having a mentor who is privy to these things allows you to get all the insider tips and tricks that you wouldn’t otherwise know
LEARN FROM SOMEONE ELSE’S MISTAKES.
I am not someone who enjoys failure. I understand that you have to fail to learn but that doesn’t mean I enjoy the experience. A mentor is someone who has already failed at certain things and can tell you what they learned from their experience so you don’t have to waste your time. I guarantee your mentor would love to share all the things they wish someone had told them before they started.
LEARN FROM SOMEONE WHO KNOWS MORE THAN YOU.
My favorite part about starting in a new position is that I am constantly the dumbest person in the room. That’s a weird thing to love, but it means that you are in the perfect position to learn. A mentor is typically someone who knows a lot more than you and they are almost always willing to share all their knowledge with you!
HEAR FROM AN IMPARTIAL 3rd PARTY.
Typically your mentor is not someone who stands to gain anything from your decisions. At least mine isn’t. While others may stand to profit or suffer from you making particular choices, your mentor won’t, so you can be sure that their advice is unbiased.
FILTER YOUR IDEAS.
I have a lot going on in my head at all time. Like a lot. I have found that having a mentor is a really good way for me to go over things I need to talk to other people about and they will tell me which parts are not relevant and which parts need to be emphasized more. This makes meetings run much smoother and makes me seem much less erratic. Everyone wins!
I hope I have convinced you to set up a coffee date with someone you admire and ask them to be your mentor!