We spend effort and time finding mentors, but somehow we forget to seek out and find mentees. Mentees are valuable. Your mentee can make you ‘stop and think’. You verbalize the basics for them and sometimes you find that the basics are exactly what you should be reviewing. You connect to them authentically, in a time when many of your work meetings and time spent in the organization isn’t always an authentic connection. It will allow you to slow down a bit to discuss the total facet of their needs and it will help you to think of others in the work setting from a ‘total person’ perspective.
Look around your organization. Is there someone that has impressed you? Reach out to them and ask them if they’d be interested in a mentor. After they pick themselves up off the floor from sheer joy and excitement, I think that they will have a positive reaction.
You can increase the value that you deliver to your organization by picking a mentee and meeting with them occasionally to ensure their success. I know, you get busy and you can’t find the time. Find the time. I get it, you haven’t thought about mentoring. In your mind there are structured programs and such for this kind of thing. Forget the structure. Forget the formalities. Consider reaching out and helping someone under you succeed. It will benefit you both. I dare say that you will benefit as much from the interaction as they will. You will learn from them as much as they will learn from you. You will gain insight and knowledge and they will more clearly see the path and where they should be heading. It shouldn’t matter if you are currently employed or not. Anyone with work experience can be a mentor.
Reach out and change a life. Before you know it, they will have changed yours.
by Bethany Williams