The following was written by Sherilyn Shamoiel of JVS WoMentoring™ program Can you think of a person who has really made a difference in your life? Someone who really impacted you and left you feeling confident, empowered, and ready to take on whatever life throws next? Was it a professor? A family member?
Maybe it was a mentor
Mentoring presents an opportunity to build your network and seek support, encouragement, and guidance towards your goal. Everybody can benefit from having a mentor.
A common misconception is that you need to be part of a formal mentoring program in order to be mentored. On the contrary, a mentorship between two people oftentimes grows naturally in the course of their relationship.
Follow these three tips to help build a successful mentoring relationship:
1. Keep the lines of Communication Open: Mentoring relies solely on communication, just like any other relationship. Talk with your mentor/mentee. Don’t assume they know everything.
2. Set Goals and Objectives: What do you want from this mentorship? Consider why you are interested in mentoring and what your goals are. Define your goals and separate them into short term and long term goals to help make them more attainable, and provide a focus for your mentoring meetings.
3. Provide and Accept Feedback: An important component of a successful mentoring relationship is feedback. Be open to receiving and giving constructive feedback to your mentee/mentor to improve your relationship and increase your professional and personal growth.
JVS WoMentoring™ is a 6-month program which gives women the opportunity to focus on personal growth and career planning, improve and increase their professional network, and seek encouragement, advice and coaching from an experienced professional woman. As a WoMentee, you will be paired with a woman who has experience in your career field of interest. Our mission is to empower, educate and support women in career transition or change.
For more information about our program or to apply, please visit our website: http://www.jvsla.org/programs-and-services/career-services/womentoring.