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5 reasons why you should be a mentor

Five reasons why you should become a mentor

1 August 2017

Do you enjoy sharing your professional knowledge and experience with others? Here are five reasons why you should become a mentor.

1. Shape the future leaders of your industry

Cast your mind back to when you landed your first professional role. Fresh out of a university classroom and taking your first tentative steps in your chosen industry, there were so many mistakes to learn from, problems to solve and nuances to understand.

Now it’s your turn to be the one to give advice, point out potential obstacles and share your knowledge with someone who is just starting out. They are the next generation of your industry, so if you want to see it grow stronger it makes sense to take an active role in nurturing them. Think of it as an investment in the future.

2. The satisfaction of giving back

Being a mentor feels good. You are guiding the development of a younger person at a crucial point in their career, giving them advice and encouragement when they need it most. What could be more fulfilling than being able to contribute to someone’s personal growth and see them flourish?

3. You can learn from them

The mentoring relationship is a two-way street. Not only will your mentee learn from you, but you will also have an opportunity to learn from them too. You may be surprised at the valuable new insights you are able to gain from your mentee. There will be times when they will view an issue from an entirely different perspective to you, or bring a fresh set of eyes to a challenge you have been thinking about for years.

4. Build relationships and expand your own network

Participating in a formal mentoring program like MomentuM will give you opportunities to meet new people from your own industry and beyond. Who knows who you will connect with, or where that connection may lead. Time spent expanding your professional networks is never wasted.

5. “Try before you buy” - get first dibs on great young talent

Hiring great talent is tough – there is so much competition from other companies that it can be difficult to attract the best and brightest graduates. By building a mentoring relationship with a university student or new graduate, you will see how they tick, what motivates them and what their strengths are. You’ll have time to consider whether they might be a good fit for your business or employer, and how you could harness their skills and enthusiasm. You never know … your mentee may just wind up becoming your business’s newest star recruit.

Become a mentor through CBE MomentuM

The ANU College of Business and Economics is calling for professionals with at least three years of experience in their industry to become a mentor with MomentuM, a new professional development program that will nurture a select group of 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

If you’d like to get involved, please register your interest in becoming a mentor with Momentum.

Updated:   2 August 2017 / Responsible Officer:  Dean, Business & Economics / Page Contact:  College Web Team