Why you should be a mentor

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There are many benefits to having a mentor when you’re just starting out in your career. You have someone to ask for advice, talk to about industry-related issues and introduce you to people who could help advance your career.


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There are many benefits to having a mentor when you’re just starting out in your career. You have someone to ask for advice, talk to about industry-related issues and introduce you to people who could help advance your career. Having a mentor is great. But being a mentor can be even better.

There are many young women entering the job market these days who have very little idea of how to navigate the working world. They need strong female role models who can help guide them through those first few difficult years. And you could be one of those mentors. Here’s why being a mentor is one of the best things you can do.

You get to pass on your knowledge
Think about when you first started out in your career. You probably made many mistakes, ones that make you cringe when you think about them now. Since then you’ve learned so much. You know how to navigate meetings and get yourself heard. You know how to handle difficult clients and managers. And you know how to balance your work life with your personal life.
But what’s the use of all this knowledge if you’re not passing it on? Why not hand over your insights to someone who needs them so they don’t have to look back on all the same embarrassments?

You can change the future of your industry
What don’t you like about the way your industry is run? What processes annoy you and what issues do you think need to be addressed? At this point in your career you can address all these from your position. With a mentor, however, you can help change things from the bottom.
You can teach the young woman you’re mentoring to point out issues where she sees them. You can inspire her to challenge the status quo. For example, if she feels harassed at work, you can encourage her to seek legal assistance instead of ignoring the situation. You can play a hand in how the industry will be run in 20 years.

You’ll learn as much as you teach
You’re good at your job, you know what you’re doing and you understand the way the working world works. But you’ve also become used to the way things are. Mentoring a young woman at the start of her career could offer you a fresh perspective. If you listen to what your mentee has to say, you could find she has some great ideas.

Being a mentor is a great way to pass on your knowledge, encourage change in the industry and learn from someone with less experience. There are many organisations out there you can join and they’ll pair you up with a mentee.

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