Mentoring could be a way to boost your current career path or launch your next one. Tenured workers have probably seen mentoring programs in the past that are focused on training new employees about policies or procedures or getting them up to speed. Think outside that box and consider if this scenario could be an impactful way to move your career forward.
- Mentoring will give you valuable skills you don’t have.
Evaluate your last conversation with your boss about moving into a different role or taking on different projects or responsibility. For example, let’s say that you haven’t really had an opportunity to manage people before. If that’s your next move in your career, mentoring could be a perfect way to get some basic managerial skills. Through a mentoring opportunity, you could provide direction, guidance, coaching, and feedback. You could communicate via phone, in person, and email to show your ability to be flexible in your style of communicating.
Even if you aren’t currently employed, you can mentor in volunteer organizations, academic or training situations, or in groups you belong to such as Toastmasters. Mentoring doesn’t have to be formal. You could take someone under your wing to help them build skills, and in turn build some of your own. Maybe someone in the organization could use your experience to become a more valuable asset to the group. Sharing your abilities with others can be a great way to improve the organization and master your skills.
Check back next week for two more ways that mentoring could help your career transition.