I started this year with the notion that I wanted a job in my chosen field despite futile attempts in the past. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to listen to a talk in January highlighting the importance and benefits of a career mentor. I set out with this thought in mind. A few days later, I logged into Linkedin and while checking on who might have been looking at my profile, I came across a remarkable business psychologist who had achieved all I aspire to accomplish. I got in touch with her immediately and the rest as they say is history. Below are 10 qualities in my mentor that has benefited me:
Desirable qualities in my Career Mentor
- An encourager
- Provides direction/focus
- Knows the ropes
- Shares industry knowledge
- Instigates career leads and contacts
- Prompt feedback/communication
- Genuinely interested in my career and success
- Believes in me
I have come to appreciate the value of a career mentor and the difference they can make in my life. I intend keeping communication lines open with my career mentor even after my goal of getting a job in my industry is achieved as I have so much more to gain by maintaining our relationship.
It does not matter what stage you are at in your career, a career mentor can help you stand out in your chosen profession. Do get one if you don’t have one and appreciate your mentor if you have one.