A career mentor is a more experienced person who holds your hand and takes you through the loops of career growth and corporate etiquette. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee is usually very personal, with the mentor guiding, training, objectively critiquing and cheering on the mentee.
Why a Mentor is Important
Helps you create a strong network: You can leverage on your mentor’s rich network by connecting with professionals who might not only help you at a future stage in your career but share industry insights regularly too. This way, you will build a strong professional network that you can tap into.
Offers guidance in a project: Your mentor will provide valuable input in projects you work on, especially if you are in the same industry as them. They provide best practice in handling processes and help you avoid mistakes they made in the past and build on the success they achieved in their own projects.
Help you professionally brand yourself: A mentor is like a mirror that objectively tells you what you are doing right and where you need improvement. They will help you identify your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities. They will advise on your next step and groom you in professional etiquette. With time, your professional brand is built and constantly developed, opening doors to career opportunities for you.