Some Other Ways To Look At Mentoring

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
mentoring

Maybe you’ve been thinking about becoming a mentor, providing some coaching and contacts to someone entering the workforce, but haven’t taken the plunge. Perhaps a couple of different points of view would be helpful to give you a little push. Try these different points of view…

  • Turning the tables – it’s not a one way street, learning is life long process. Be curious and maybe get up to speed on new technologies, get a sense of how the next generation sees things, it could change your point of view.
  • Getting to know yourself a little better- sharing your experiences can give you perspective on how far you’ve come. Without that perspective you may not realize just how much you’ve accomplished, an easy thing to do in today’s fast paced world. Think about who your mentors were? What would you tell your younger self if you could send a message back in time? And don’t forget to share stories of failure as much as those of successes.
  • It feels good to give – compare mentoring to Christmas for a second and remember the smile it brought to your face when finding a great present for someone and seeing their appreciation at receiving it. Even if you don’t have awesome connections to offer a mentee, they should appreciate the time you’ve given them.
  • What goes around, comes around…Call it karma but things usually have a way of coming back around. Giving something of yourself (your time and energy) to a mentee may come back down the road in ways you couldn’t predict. Maybe someday down the road your mentee will get back in touch and have a great connection or job lead for you.
  • Play the counsellor – A mentor, besides hopefully providing some industry connections or new resources to direct their mentee to, can also provide crucial emotional support. The longer a job search goes on the more it eats away at a person’s confidence and a mentor can be there to provide encouragement or just listen.

If you’ve decide to go for it there are a couple of places to start in the Halifax area, here’s a couple of organizations who would love to hear from you;

The Halifax Partnership – providing connectors to graduates in the Halifax, Nova Scotia area…

http://www.halifaxpartnership.com/en/home/get-connected/connector-program/become-a-connector/default.aspx

Fusion Halifax – organizers of many networking events for young professionals in the Halifax area…

http://fusionhalifax.ca/about/

And here’s a pilot program aimed at keeping youth in Nova Scotia and are looking for employers to participate…

http://venor.ca/default.asp?id=190&pagesize=1&sfield=content.id&search=215&mn=1.42.115

Author: The NetWorkIt Team

The NetWorkIt Team is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. We work to create content and tools to help you succeed in your career.