It’s an Advisor… It’s a Role Model… It’s a Mentor!

Mentoring relationships are difficult to classify.  Mentors wear the hats of advisor, friend, teacher, role model, coach, and listener. Mentoring is a two-way relationship; both mentors and protégés benefit from their experiences:

Benefits of Having a Mentor

Benefits of Being a Mentor

  • Increased skills and knowledge;
  • Increased potential for career mobility and promotion;
  • Improved understanding of professional roles and responsibilities;
  • Insights into professional cultures and unwritten professional rules;
  • Supportive environment in which successes and failures can be evaluated;
  • Smoother transition through management levels;
  • Developing tools to acquire competencies and professional experience;
  • Potential increased visibility;
  • Networking opportunities;
  • Development of professional self-confidence;
  • Advice on how to balance work and other responsibilities.
  • Challenging discussion with people who have fresh perspectives;
  • Enhanced knowledge of other areas of the profession;
  • Improved ability to share knowledge and experience;
  • Satisfaction from contributing to the protégé’s development;
  • Opportunity to test new ideas;
  • Expanded network of professional colleagues;
  • Opportunity to meet a prospective employee;
  • Use or develop new skills and interests;
  • A new and reinvigorated outlook on your own career.

Source: WTS Boston, MA Chapter Mentoring Program

 

SWEP-MA Professional Development & Mentoring Program

SWEP-MA has had a mentoring program in the past that was regarded highly by members. With our revitalization of the Massachusetts chapter we would like to see this program take off again. If you would be interested in this, as the advisor or advisee, please send us your thoughts to info@swep-ma.org.