Discover the Benefits of Mentoring
Posted: 27 October 2020 at 12:24 pm | Author: CAW Business School
Mentoring is more than just transferring advice and knowledge, and it’s not just the mentee who will benefit. As well as helping someone to advance in their career, the mentor can gain extra skills and understanding from the partnership.
From building professional relationships and developing better communication and leadership qualities, take a look at what else you can gain from becoming a mentor and how it could reward you professionally…
Take the opportunity to “give back”
Mentoring allows you to give something back to your colleagues and organisation, by sharing skills and experience with junior or less experienced staff members for the benefit of everyone in the team.
Boost your personal satisfaction
Supporting the development of others through teaching can boost your own sense of fulfilment and job satisfaction, especially as your mentor progresses and reaches their full potential. This, in turn, leads to higher morale and performance at work.
Develop your own skills
Your mentor is not the only one who will be learning new skills! The mentor-mentee relationship help you to strengthen your active listening and communication skills, as well as develop your personal leadership, management and coaching qualities. You will also learn more about other areas or departments within your organisation.
Gain more recognition at work
As a mentor, there will be a higher recognition of your skills and experience as a senior team member of expert in your subject matter. This increases peer recognition as well as enhances the value of your contributions at work. The new skills you learn from mentoring could even lead to more responsibility and promotions.
Expose yourself to new ideas and ways of thinking
The point of mentoring is to share knowledge, skills and experience. Naturally, doing so will bring fresh perspectives, ideas and approaches to problems which you can take back to your everyday work.
Boost your professional development record
Coaching and mentoring is a great avenue for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), and could pave the way to formal qualifications and further training.
Expand your professional network
Mentoring will allow you develop more professional working relationships, as well as open up more opportunities for networking in your field.
Gain a career boost
Put simply, mentoring offers the regular opportunity to reflect on your own goals and practices, which can provide an added sense of purpose, responsibility and direction for your career.
If you’re interested in developing your mentoring skills, our Coaching and Mentoring qualifications, accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), can help you support development within the workplace, as well as gain confidence in influencing, guiding and supporting those around you. For further information on our courses, or details about how to apply, visit https://business.caw.ac.uk/cm