This past April, Melissa Smith introduced EO List readers to her experience with mentoring. She described the relationship as one in which she could discuss a situation she is facing with a seasoned HR professional and ultimately, “see things through a different light.” Melissa described the relationship as “as one of the best professional experiences”.
One of the many misconceptions about mentoring is that it is simply a less experienced practioner looking to someone senior to help them find a job. As Melissa described, it is so much more than that. There a many benefits for both the person being mentored and as well asthe mentor (yes, there are even benefits for the mentor!).
The mentee can receive career support; including coaching, providing visibility and exposure as well as psychosocial support (i.e. role modelling, counselling and friendship) from a mentor. Outcomes of positive mentoring relationships can include subjective forms such as increased career and job satisfaction, clarity of professional identity and increased professional confidence. Objective outcomes can include higher rates of promotion and compensation.
On the other hand, the mentor can also receive many benefits including access to new information, increased support networks, career satisfaction, recognition and respect from others, personal satisfaction as well as the feeling of “giving back”.
Mentoring can provide both parties with significant long term benefits. Through this blog dedicated to all things mentoring, we hope to introduce you to the concept of mentoring, mentoring groups in the GTA that you may not be aware of and practical issues such as “How do I approach someone to be a mentor?” Ultimately we hope to enable many long term and beneficial mentoring relationships.
Next time: Mentoring programs that you may not be aware of.