Mentoring is a relationship between two people in which one helps the other to improve their skills and knowledge and develop professionally. Having a mentor can be valuable at any stage in your professional career, but it can be especially beneficial if you are working towards professional membership or chartered status.
Becoming a mentor
Being a mentor can be a hugely rewarding experience. If you are a professional member with the EI, becoming a mentor means that you can play your part in developing the next generation of professionals. Benefits of becoming a mentor include:
- improved communication skills
- personal development
- increased professional status
- the satisfaction of discovering/nurturing talent.
Finding a mentor
If you are working towards professional membership or chartership, or have another professional goal, a mentor can be hugely valuable in helping you on your journey. A mentor can be a colleague or someone in your wider network or branch - it can often be helpful to ask someone to mentor you with whom you already have a connection.
Benefits of working with a mentor:
- focused career development
- advice and guidance
- management skills development
- access to networks and contacts
- increased confidence.