Just because you’re no longer in school doesn’t mean you still can’t learn a thing or two. Teachers exists outside of the classroom in the form of mentors. If you’ve ever had a mentor, you understand just how valuable this type of relationship is. If you’ve been tripping along, learning as you go, maybe it’s time to see what a great mentor can do for you and your future.
- Wisdom – Having a mentor means you have access to their years of knowledge. Mentors are wonderful for sharing what worked for them, what didn’t, how to go about achieving your goals and helping you set them. You may think you have all of the answers, but you really don’t. A mentor’s “been there, done that” approach is absolutely priceless.
- Networking – We already know that having a relationship with a person in the know is key to successful networking. A mentor can introduce you to people who you would normally not have access to. And, since your mentor is greatly respected amongst their peers, that speaks volumes.
- Perspective – If I had a dime for every time I could have used someone’s unbiased opinion, I’d be a little richer in the pockets. Listen, we all know your friends and family want the best for you, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to give you the best advice. A mentor is great for providing an outsider’s perspective on things. It’s easy to get caught up in the work drama, but your mentor can keep you grounded and help lift those clouds.
- Friendship – No matter the length of time spent being mentored, your relationship with your mentor is like no other. It’s like having that big brother or sister you can trust and will help you create your path to success. (Except you don’t have to see them at Thanksgiving.)
If you’ve ever contemplated working with a mentor, now’s the time. If you don’t personally know anyone, ask around at work (maybe a co-worker?) or search online for companies who specialize in setting you up with a mentor who best matches what your goals are.