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!