What qual­i­ties should I be look­ing for in a pro­fes­sional men­tor?

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IT is im­por­tant to iden­tify what it is you want to achieve from the men­tor­ing re­la­tion­ship. It may be seek­ing help with your cur­rent role or ad­vice on how to progress your ca­reer. If you have chal­lenges in your role, look for a men­tor who has been in your po­si­tion, ei­ther in your or­gan­i­sa­tion or in a sim­i­lar role in an­other or­gan­i­sa­tion. If you are look­ing for ca­reer ad­vice, look for a men­tor who is in a role to which you wish to progress. It is im­por­tant that who­ever you iden­tify is some­one you feel com­fort­able with and can open up to and who is pre­pared to help you with the ar­eas you iden­tify.

Mid-ca­reer KEL­LIE RIGG Gen­eral man­ager HR So­lu­tions Rand­stad

A MEN­TOR can have a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on your pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life so se­lect­ing the right per­son re­quires prepa­ra­tion. Tak­ing the time to care­fully eval­u­ate who you choose will pro­vide you with a strong foun­da­tion for a suc­cess­ful part­ner­ship. Be­fore you as­sess the qual­i­ties to look for in a men­tor, un­der­stand what you hope to achieve from the re­la­tion­ship. Eval­u­ate short and long-term goals. As­cer­tain what knowl­edge and com­pe­ten­cies you want to gain from the per­son you’re con­sid­er­ing. A men­tor­ship is a form of re­la­tion­ship so con­sider each can­di­date’s per­sonal char­ac­ter­is­tics.

Ex­pe­ri­enced TIM ROCHE Prac­tice leader, Right Man­age­ment ca­reer tran­si­tion

MEN­TOR­ING is an ac­tiv­ity that is driven by the mentee (as op­posed to coach­ing, which is driven by the coach). There­fore, a men­tor needs to be a good lis­tener. Of­ten men­tor­ing is sim­ply a fa­cil­i­tated dis­cus­sion that in­cor­po­rates a prob­lem-solv­ing frame­work, such as the men­tor ask­ing ques­tions about sit­u­a­tions or sce­nar­ios so the mentee can arrive at a log­i­cal con­clu­sion. It’s im­por­tant for the men­tor to be ex­pe­ri­enced in a sim­i­lar in­dus­try as this will help them for­mu­late ques­tions. Men­tor­ing will of­fer diver­sity of think­ing so take the op­por­tu­nity when the chem­istry and ex­pe­ri­ence is right.

The Ex­pert MICHELLE BENT­LEY Gen­eral man­ager, Don­ing­ton tran­si­tion and out­place­ment

A PRO­FES­SIONAL men­tor may be paid or un­paid, for­mal or in­for­mal. What­ever the ar­range­ment, men­tors are gen­er­ally highly re­spected and ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sion­als, suc­cess­ful in their ca­reers and with ex­per­tise in aid­ing the growth and de­vel­op­ment of oth­ers, by trans­fer­ring knowl­edge and skill de­vel­op­ment. The key fun­da­men­tals for men­tor­ing suc­cess are mu­tual rap­port, trust and re­spect. Ac­cepted traits in­clude be­ing confidential, tact­ful but hon­est, good lis­ten­ers and com­mu­ni­ca­tors, prob­lem solvers, en­cour­agers, chal­lengers, wise, eth­i­cal and em­pow­er­ing.

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