Mentors can help you in many ways throughout your career. They can help you gain confidence, lead a happier life, guide you through your challenges, develop skills in a new job, and get promoted. Everyone who is ambitious, curious, hardworking, and creative should have a mentor to help them reach their end goal.
Throughout my Internal Communication (IC) career I have always strived to have someone who is more experienced, rational, resourceful and determined than I am to guide me through my challenges and vision.
In total I had two mentors since I embarked into the world of IC, each of which were guiding me through a different stage based on what I wanted to achieve, and when I wanted to achieve it.
Mentors are like therapists, they are not your best friend and they are only here to help you succeed
For example, the first mentor helped me understand what IC meant and what skills/ traits I needed to acquire in order to succeed in my mid-level management career whereas my second mentor is helping me grasp the world of business, how I can be a strong leader and finally how I can become a board member within a FTSE100 organisation. In other words “overcome imposter syndrome”
Don’t be fooled in thinking it’s easy to determine and find the right mentor
I have approached several individuals explaining why I would love for them to mentor me and what I think I can achieve through learning from them. To date (more than 2 yrs.) I have yet to hear back from some of them.
I am certain that you would have different ways of choosing a mentor or a career coach. At the end of the day what matters is having someone whom you respect enough to guide you throughout your insecurities.