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CIOL Mentoring… you have what it takes to be a mentor?

Following the launch of CIOL’s new mentoring platform, we are now looking to further increase our pool of mentors, offering support and guidance to fellow members. At present the number of mentees outweighs the number of mentors signed up, so we’re looking for your support. (If you have already signed up to be a mentor, thank you and remember to let us know how your mentoring relationship is going). Are you interested in being a mentor? Read on…..

The thought of becoming a mentor can be a daunting prospect. The idea of guiding someone else in their career can feel like a big responsibility. What if you are asked questions you don’t know the answer to?

These thoughts and feelings are normal. No one can know the answer to everything. In fact, that is one of the key benefits of becoming a mentor. It will give you exposure to new challenges that you might otherwise not experience. Your role will be to work with the mentee to look at options, evaluate these and come up with a solution.

The role of a mentor is to be able to share your knowledge, perspective and experience with a mentee. You will act as a sounding-board to their ideas and proposed solutions. Even if you don’t have the answers, you are likely to have a very good idea of how they can go about finding the answer.

Reasons why you might want to give up your time to be a mentor:

  1. Widen your perspective – By working with a mentee you will gain insight into how others approach challenges and in turn you may learn new things in the process
  2. Improve your self-belief and confidence – When you start working with a mentee you will soon realise just how much valuable knowledge and experience you have
  3. Enhance leadership and management skills –  You will naturally learn how to improve your active listening and questioning skills. You will develop your ability to empathise, motivate, reason and build rapport
  4. Improved problem solving skills – Working with a mentee will expose you to problems and challenges you may not otherwise have experienced
  5. Feel-good factor – Being a mentor is rewarding. Knowing that your skills and experience have helped someone to succeed is a great feeling
For more information and to sign up click here