what is mentorship?
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see the hope inside yourself.” — Oprah Winfrey
Mentorship is more than an experience, It is a relationship between someone with expertise and someone who wants to learn. With that being said, It is in no way a one-way stream instead it is a two-way relationship where both the mentee and mentor learn from each other.
Personally, it has not been long since I realized the importance of mentorship. I can see substantial growth in me since I met mentors who guided me in different areas of life and work.
One can have one or more mentors in different areas they want to grow. For example, if you want to grow your business and also learn yoga you can have a mentor who is experienced in the business sector and a different mentor who is an expert in yoga. To know more on the purpose of mentoring, you can take a look at Purpose of Mentoring.
There are different benefits of mentorship for both the mentee and the mentor. Here are a few of them!
HOW CAN MENTORSHIP BENEFIT A MENTEE:
- Will provide proper guidance:
When we are inexperienced, we often find ourselves in a position where we don’t know what to do and get stuck. At such times we can turn to our mentors. With their guidance and knowledge, it will be easier to make the right decision.
- Help you grow:
Mentors will observe you objectively which will enable them to know your weakness and strengths. They know where you need improvement and hence, you will be able to grow significantly.
- Hold you accountable:
When you have someone looking forward to your improvement you will be encouraged to do so. Mentors will always be the push you need to outperform your expectations.
Usually, mentors are well connected and have the professional group they can introduce you to. Mentors are great resources for your career. And even if you are a student finding a professor who can be your mentor is a great way to learn more and take part in research activities.
How can mentorship benefit a mentor:
- Personal Satisfaction:
Giving time and care to nurture and help someone grow is a great way to give back to the community. If you are successful then most likely you have had people who guided you and now it’s your time.
- Stay up to date with current trends:
Having a mentee of the younger generation will help you know about current trends and technology. It is essential to stay informed about currents trends especially if you are in a business or education sector.
- Refine leadership skills:
Mentoring people is a good way to improve your own leadership skills. Based on your current situation, it can also help you to land on your dream job since it reflects your leadership skills on your CV.
As a mentor, you can broaden your network by connecting with other mentors and also by connecting with different mentees.
Well now you might be wondering okay I too want a mentor but where can I find one? Don’t worry we have got your back. Here are a few ways you can find a mentor for yourself:
- Look around yourself:
As best said by Steve Robertson in Forbes, “You can find potential mentors all around you.”
Mentors can even be your cousin or friends who are experts at something you want to learn.
- Workplace Mentors:
If you are currently working somewhere then your colleagues or your supervisor are one of the most potential mentors. Be sure to reach out to them. Mentorship in the workplace is both good for the employee and the employer.
- Mentoring Programs:
- Taking part in a mentorship program is one of the best ways to find a mentor for yourself. Look for the mentorship program that best suits your interest. We at Learn Infinity also offer world-class mentorship programs for personal growth.
Mentorship helps to foster growth and success in one’s life. It is a healthy relationship that takes time and effort but with the proper care, you can unleash our best version of yourself with the help of mentorship.
It’s never too late to find a mentor or to be one. The best thing you can do is invest in your own growth and growth of others. I hope you will be engaged in mentorship by the upcoming mentorship month in January.
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“In learning, you will teach, and in teaching, you will learn.” – Phil Collins