The benefits of having a mentor

JodieFinal Year, First Year, Graduates, Postgraduate, Second Year

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If you’re looking to go far in your career, a mentoring relationship might be the best way to go. Whether you’d like one for personal growth or career goals, mentoring is a fantastic way to gain insight into where you want to be and how you can get there. To help you gain an understanding of what a mentoring relationship would involve and the benefits of them, keep reading!

What is a mentor?

A mentor is someone with specialised knowledge who can support, advise and guide you – either in your career, personal life or both! A mentor will take the time to get to know you, find out what you want to achieve and the challenges you’re facing, and then use their understanding and personal experience to help you get where you want to be.

Once you have a mentor, you would need to agree times for you to meet (usually once a month) – given the current climate, most mentoring relationships will take place online.

What you will get out of a mentoring relationship

There are lots of benefits of having a mentor. Here are some:

  • Access to information and advice from an experienced professional
  • Get a new perspective on your situation
  • Discover your strengths and weaknesses, and gain new skills
  • Explore what you do and don’t like/want to do with your life
  • Increase your confidence
  • Gain a clearer idea of where your career might take you
  • Set goals to work towards, which means you’ll be pushing yourself to achieve
  • Gain a trusted ally who can cheer you on and celebrate your successes

How to get a mentor

If we’ve convinced you that having a mentor will be awesome for your career, then you’ll be pleased to hear that there are a variety of mentoring schemes you can apply for right here at Aston, including peer mentoring, placement mentoring, LGBT+ mentoring and more. You can get all the details about Aston’s mentoring schemes and who to get in touch with on this webpage.

Alternatively, there are external organisations you could look into such as One Million Mentors, which is a community-based mentoring project that can give you the support and guidance you need to thrive.

Jodie, a member of Careers+Placements staff

Written by Jodie Carpenter, Careers and Placements