The Advantage of a Mentor

I have had the privilege of both being a mentor and being mentored myself and while there are benefits to being able to mentor someone else there is considerable benefit to being mentored especially if you don’t know what you’re doing.

When I was starting out I had accepted the first job I could get and the truth is I had no idea what I wanted to do in the field of accounting.  I had the skills I needed to do the job but I had no clue how to be a professional and develop a career.

Alongside a mentor I not only developed more skills as my accounting skills increased but I learned the softer skills, the people skills the ones that aren’t taught in Universities or Colleges which are so important in a successful career.

Also, I got lots of assistance as I worked towards my professional qualifications which are invaluable as you look to advance no matter what occupation you have.  The advantage of a mentor is invaluable but also has to be right one.  For me, I had the right partnership but for you it might take a few attempts before you find the right mentor.

Look for someone who has achieved what you want to achieve, is willing to spend time with you and generally understands and wants the best of you.  Remember, your mentor is giving something very valuable, their time so treasure and treat it wisely.

 

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