The importance of cultivating mentors throughout your career cannot be understated. Some people are lucky to find a workplace where formal mentoring programs are already established (like Edelman’s GWEN); others work to cultivate relationships with more senior colleagues through coffee and lunch meetings.
As this Business Insider article explains, you’ll need as many as five different people to help you as you navigate your career.
I won’t be the first, nor the last, to extol the benefits of having a mentor. In times of uncertainty, they are a reservoir of knowledge – helping to answer questions and provide guidance. During times of growth, they are more than happy to share your success.
Although you should always have mentors in your career, you should also look to become one for others.
If the opportunity for such a relationship does not present itself in the workplace, look beyond. I was happy to recently speak at a mentoring event for Washington Women in PR. Many times, I’ve also casually invited a colleague to lunch to ask how things were going – every so often we’d repeat.
Mentoring doesn’t have to be preachy, and it doesn’t have to be structured, but it should nurture a relationship and advise.
What’s more, the best ones are reciprocal.
Here’s another great article mentorship from Fast Company.
What are some of your tips?