3 Reasons to Acquire a Mentor in Your Profession


There are many ways to gain information and knowledge to help you progress in your professional career, but few of them provide the benefit of wisdom. That’s quite understandable, because in general, wisdom can only be gained directly, as you journey through your career and build a portfolio of knowledge and experiences.   Access the Wisdom of a Mentor in Your Profession While you are building that portfolio however, it is possible to benefit from the wisdom of others, which is precisely why mentoring relationships are so important for anyone with a will to succeed professionally. If you don’t already have a mentor in your profession; somebody willing and able to support you on your journey and share her wisdom, I urge you to try and find oneā€”and here are three reasons why. 1. A Reflective Influence Not to be confused with a coach, who will likely take a directive approach to aiding your growth, a good mentor is someone who’s there when you need her. She will help you learn and grow according to your agenda. In particular, a mentor in your profession will act like a reflective surface, one at which you can fire your questions and concerns. Your mentor will often help you find your own solutions, rather than handing them to you on a plate. She may offer her opinions, and share her own related experiences and lessons learned. Not only will this help you become more confident at problem solving, it will also reassure you that your issue is not unique to you, but one that your mentor too, has had to deal with in the past. That’s why mentors can be invaluable to senior managers and business leaders when executive loneliness sets in. 2. Portal to a Professional Network Another benefit of having a mentor in your profession is the broad network which...