The Importance of a Career Mentor In Your Long-Term Career Success

Posted April 04, 2014

Your success at work is determined by many different factors.  Your skills set, knowledge, and how you interact professionally play a role in determining on the job success.  Having a mentor to coach you in these areas is very beneficial.  A mentor is someone who has more experience, a greater skill set, and is willing to share their knowledge and show you the ropes so that you too can achieve success. The benefits you can gain from a mentor/mentee relationship are immeasurable.  Here are a few reasons you should find a mentor to help achieve long-term career goals.

To learn their lessons.
A mentor has a lot of experience in your field and has faced many of the same problems and situations that you will face.  They’ll be able to give you advice on how they handled these situations and tell you what to and not to do.   The majority of great industry leaders trained under mentors and learned the trade from someone else.  A good mentor will teach you many lessons that will apply to both your current and future jobs.  They’ll be able to show you the ropes and provide wisdom that only someone who has “been there, done that” can provide.  A mentor will help you see things in a different light. 

To be there through important decisions.
There will be times in your career when you have trouble making a big decision.  A mentor is someone not too close to the source that will be able to talk you through the decision making process and give their unbiased opinions.  They can help you navigate your problems by giving you advice based on their own past experiences in similar situations. 

To hold you accountable.
The best way to ensure you achieve your career goals is to share them with someone else.  A mentor will help you develop a career plan and set reachable goals.  You can then set up check-in times where they’ll make sure you’re tacking the necessary action towards achieving those goals.  You’re much more likely to follow through on your career plan when you have someone that’s holding you accountable.

To put your career on the fast track.
If you choose a mentor wisely, you’ll likely choose someone who is a leader in their organization.  When people are leaders they’re likely to be promoted quickly or get recruited to another company.  If they know you’re a hard worker and good at your job, they’ll likely recommend you to fill the position their leaving or try to get you on board at their new company.  In either case, having a mentor means significant advancement in your career. 

A great mentor relationship lasts well beyond your current job and grows into a beneficial networking relationship for both parties.  You never know who your mentor may introduce you to and what doors those connections could open.

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