Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Why You Should Have A Mentor

Do you have a mentor?  If not, you should seriously keep your eyes out for someone that you would like to be mentored by.  There are many advantages to having a mentor.

Before I give you the actual reasons, let me tell you about my experience with a mentor.

In 2001 I was hired at a market research company as a call centre agent.  Basically, that means that I was one of the people that phoned you during dinner and annoyed you.  Yes, I did that.  I still hold to my position that it is a very important job and they can’t possibly know that you are having dinner or changing the baby or in the middle of a fight with your husband.  It is pure coincidence! 

Anyway, at the time it was a temporary job for me.  My husband was unemployed and I had to get food on the table.  And this was better than waiting tables as far as I was concerned.

One of my supervisors kind of took me under her wing.  It wasn’t a conscious decision.  It grew out of a mutual agreement on many things.  She saw that I had a certain work ethic.  She noticed that I always worked hard, showed up on time, picked up extra shifts, and so on.  And when she found out that there was going to be an opening for a supervisor I was the first person she thought of.  She started priming me for the position without telling me about it.  She’d ask me to work with a new employee.  She’d ask what I would do in a certain situation.  She was getting me ready for the interview and I had no clue that I was even up for the job.

I did get that job.  And then, with her guidance, I got other jobs, too.  I was promoted 5 times in 7 years at that company, even though she had moved on to another position at another company after about 4 years.  We kept in contact and I went to her for advice.

And when the company I was at closed down guess what happened?  I had a job within three days, thanks to her!

So, do I really need to tell you why you should find a mentor now?  Ok – I will anyway.
  • A mentor can guide you
  •  A mentor can give you information that you might not get otherwise
  • A mentor can introduce you to the right people
  • A mentor can prepare you for the next step in your career
  •  A mentor can open up new job possibilities for you
  •  A mentor can help you when you don’t know what else to do

Are you ready to get a mentor?  Good, because I’ll be posting about HOW to find a mentor really soon!

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