If you are a mentoree, you may:
- Be a mentor as well
- Be part of an existing corporate mentoring program in your company
- Be engaged on your own in a mentoring relationship and seeking resources
Finding a mentor is one of the most important strategic career decisions you can make. Many renowned professionals have attributed their success to having had a mentor who took a personal interest in working with them during their career.
There are so many benefits of using mentoring in career development, including the
- Gaining from your mentor's expertise
- Receiving critical feedback in key areas, such as communications, interpersonal
relationships, technical abilities, change management, and leadership skills.
- Developing a sharper focus on what you need to grow professionally within your
organization or elsewhere.
- Learning specific skills and knowledge that are relevant to professional and personal
- Networking with a more influential employee.
- Gaining knowledge about your organization's culture and unspoken rules that can be
critical for success and therefore adapting more quickly to your organization's culture.
- Having a friendly ear with which to share frustrations as well as successes.
The Mentoree's Commandments
1. It’s your job, not your mentor’s job.
2. Think commitment, not lip service.
3. Show up for the relationship.
4. Give back and get more.
5. Keep expectations realistic.
6. It’s risky, but it’s healthy.
7. Be yourself; we already have everybody else.
8. Don’t be afraid of your mentor’s silence.
9. Pay it forward.