Mentoring - what are the benefits to mentees? Part 1

Susan Buglass

Susan Buglass

Mar 20 — 2 mins read
Mentoring can help you see things more clearly <br />Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">Linus Nylund</a> on <a href="" target="_blank">Unsplash</a>

Mentoring can help you see things more clearly
Photo by Linus Nylund on Unsplash

Mentoring can be hugely beneficial to all those involved . In this, the first of a series of posts, we'll look specifically at benefits to the mentee.

Greater clarity and self awareness

Having protected time with someone who is there, purely to talk to you about your goals and to support you in achieving them, is a pretty unique thing. Most of our thinking about our goals in life and work and how we will achieve them (if we have really thought about it at all) is internalised, and therefore often vague and unformed.

When someone else asks us about this, we are forced to express our thoughts out loud, possibly for the first time, or maybe we have to think about it first and then express our thoughts. In order to be able to do this, we have to solidify our thoughts and put them in order. We have to turn concepts into words.

This process is often helpful in gaining greater clarity about our desires and plans, and helps to develop our own understanding and self-awareness about our aspirations and what we want to achieve. Once these thoughts are externalised, the process of discussing them and progressing them can begin.

Goal-setting and planning

Through discussion with an independent third party, the mentee can not only gain insight and clarity about their own aspirations, but has a partner who can help them develop a set of meaningful and realistic personal goals, to achieve by the end of the mentoring partnership, and also for the longer term.

Often the conversation is around extending the mentee's planning timescale to a more distant horizon-where do you want to be in 5 or 10 years? What would you like to have achieved by then? What job role would you like to be in at that point in your career? The mentee and mentor can work together to establish and define these longer-term goals, and to ensure that they are meaningful and achievable.

The partnership can then focus on defining intermediate objectives which over the next year, say, will help to move the mentee towards their longer-term goals. This will give the partnership a practical plan to work from, which allows the setting of manageable, realistic, measurable and time-based objectives, and for step-by-step progress towards larger and longer-term aims.

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