Despite the small investment of time, mentoring reaps big rewards for both parties involved.
There’s a new associate in your department. She works hard, shows tremendous potential, and the two of you have plenty in common. Recently she approached you about becoming her mentor. Despite the worries about whether your schedule can handle it, should you say yes?
Studies show that it’s a good career move for you – not just the mentee. Mentors are typically more satisfied with their jobs and experience a greater sense of purpose, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. In some instances, mentorship leads to a raise for both the mentor and the mentee, and individuals who mentor are more likely to get a promotion.
Still hesitant? Keep in mind that mentoring can also help you:
When it comes to mentoring, even 15 minutes a week can be beneficial. Make it work by establishing clear expectations about confidentiality, your time and the best way to communicate. To get started:
Mentorship can be a real game changer. By volunteering your time and experience, you can make a difference in someone’s career – and boost your own as well.
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