In developed societies, mentorship has become a vital part of the work culture.
These advanced societies have discovered that proper mentorship contributes immensely to societal growth and development.
With proper mentorship, young professionals in any industry or community are more productive in their professional endeavors and lives because they have more experienced minds around to guide them. They make lesser mistakes and are more confident and make wise choices that will positively shape their futures.
There are so many intelligent and beautiful definitions of mentorship out there on the internet and in textbooks, but these inspirational quotes I have gathered about mentorship reveal a whole lot.
I would like you to have a look at these amazing quotes about mentorship before we talk about the benefits of mentorship.
- “A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” — Bob Proctor.
- “Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” — John Crosby.
- “If you cannot see where you are going, ask someone who has been there before.” — J Loren Norris.
- “My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better.” — Steve Jobs.
Powerful words there from some of the most amazing human beings who have made spectacular contributions to the development of humanity.
You see, without the element of mentorship, most of the breakthroughs in science, arts, and commerce would not have been made possible, because the people who discovered, designed, and created these solutions got a lot of support and guidance from men and women who were wiser and more experienced than them.
Sometimes, life’s most important lessons are learned directly from people who have gone ahead of us.
Here are five benefits of mentorship:
- Access To Rare And Uncommon Opportunities:
This is one key benefit of proper mentorship. There are opportunities you will never get on your own.
Mentors have gone ahead of you, and by virtue of their status in that profession, organization, or community, they have built relationships and have developed powerful connections.
You as a mentee will have access to most of your mentors’ connections and relationships.
- Turning Your Visions Into Reality:
It’s way easier to fulfill your dreams and bring your visions to reality if you are guided by someone who has achieved something similar to what you are trying to achieve.
If you are aspiring to bag a Ph.D., then it’s wise to look for a mentor who has already gotten a Ph.D. or one who is about to get one.
If you are interested in the business side of things or you want to become an entrepreneur; you will benefit more learning from someone who is running successful businesses.
That’s what mentorship should do — make life easier for you.
- Reduce Your Chances of Failing and Making Mistakes
Failure, as we know is part of the learning process. But, you must take note that there are “forms of failures” that should not affect you.
Mentors who have gone ahead of you may have suffered some of these forms of failures, they have gained the necessary knowledge needed to avoid them, and they pass this knowledge down to you so that you will not repeat their failures or mistakes.
With a good mentor by your side, you should make fewer mistakes.
No one is saying you won’t have your share of failures and mistakes, because we all have unique ways of learning, but you won’t make cliché mistakes, normal ones, or common ones [expected mistakes] that everyone who travels that path usually makes.
You are exempted simply because you have a good mentor guiding you all the way.
- Build A Strong Network
Almost similar to the first point we talked about.
Proper mentorship exposes you to more mature networks.
Networks and communities that will expose you to people, professionals, and individuals who will greatly influence your career and professional life positively.
The society we live in today has changed, dramatically. Today, people are respected majorly based on their network. Their network of friends, colleagues, partners, and acquaintances.
If you find the right mentor(s) you should naturally become connected to their network.
- Mentors Are Solid Support Systems
They come in as sources of knowledge and resource for young professionals, supporting their growth and development.
With proper mentorship, young professionals pick up the skills needed to set up goals and have a system that holds them accountable. This is what many young people lack, a system that holds them accountable and responsible. Proper mentorship solves this problem.
How To Choose A Good Mentor
Choosing a good mentor is part of the mentorship process.
You must know what you want before you decide to commit to a mentorship relationship.
And apart from knowing what you want as a mentee, you must know the mentor [if possible, personally] with whom you want to go into a mentor relationship.
An article featured on World Education Services’ Blog [WES], written by Yetunde Oshinkale, who is studying for a doctoral degree in educational psychology and is also a WES ambassador, outlines some vital characteristics of a good mentor prospective mentees should take note of when choosing a mentor.
Here you go:
- Extensive experience in a related or relevant field
- Similar educational background
- Has overcome relatable challenges
- Friendly and genuine personality
- Credible and trustworthy character
- Must not feel threatened by empowering others
- Favorably disposed to flexible mentoring styles
- Open to learning from the mentee
These are very important traits you must look out for when choosing a mentor.
You don’t want to end up in the wrong hands. Trust me.
And you also want to make sure that your mentor has what it takes to impact you and guide you.
THE FYNI Mentorship Academy
A good understanding of the benefits of mentorship will reveal to you the need for mentorship, especially in your professional life as a young nurse trying to navigate the challenging terrain of academic, professional, and even personal life.
You may have failed in your previous attempts at getting a good mentor. Or suffered in the hands of so-called mentors who exploit and torture those they claim to guide.
FYNI has designed an innovative approach to mentorship. Where young nurses will be connected directly to mentors.
This mentorship academy is the first of its kind in the African nursing community.
It’s designed to equip young nurses with the needed leadership skills they need to lead their future and the future of the nursing profession.
There is a dearth of good mentorship in the professional world today. In a world where everyone is busy with their own business and no one seems to care about helping, getting good mentors is almost impossible.
This is the gap Focusing On Young Nurses Initiative wants to bridge with her mentorship academy.
The program is totally free, you do not have to pay a dime for it, all you need is to be dedicated and committed.
Connect With Your Dream Mentor!
To register, kindly fill out this form and follow the guidelines.
If you are selected, FYNI will reach out to you.
This is a rare opportunity for you.
Many of us did not get proper mentorship when we were younger. We wish we had mentors around helping, guiding, and nurturing us. We didn’t have them and initiatives like this did not exist at the time.
But you, you have the opportunity.
Don’t let it slip away. Grab it now with all your might!