A mentor will help you avoid common career mistakes
We all make mistakes early on in our working lives, whether it’s staying in a job too long or not being brave enough to ask for more money. Having regular access to someone that has been-there-and-done-it will ensure you avoid a lot of the common missteps and progress a lot faster than you would have otherwise.
A mentor will give you insider knowledge
No matter how much research you do, there are some things about the world of work that are impossible to know from the outside looking in.
If you have a mentor that is well connected and immersed in the industry you are looking to break into, make sure to ask their opinion about specific companies, jobs and people – often they’ll be able to share something you can use to your advantage.
A mentor will help you stay committed and motivated
A weekly or monthly session with a mentor effectively acts as a “forcing function” – because you’re more likely to do the things you need to do for your career if there’s someone checking in on your progress.
If you’re struggling to hit your goals, speaking to someone that has gone through similar struggles and come out the other side will help you stay motivated and positive about the future.
A mentor will listen to you
We live in a world of interruptions and short attention spans.
Having someone senior “actively listen” to what you have to say and give you the space to share your frustrations and successes is hugely beneficial, particularly when you’re new to working life and feeling like a small fish in a very big pond. It will boost your confidence and help you communicate with more senior colleagues at work.
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