There is always a choice for you. Even among the mentors.
Nowadays, due to a lot of factors, such as a changing business environment, high level of competition, and existence of young and ambitious professionals, it has become extremely hard to build your dream career and become a successful leader. Therefore, it’s vital to find somebody, who can give you an advice and a valuable insight into the choice you are faced with.
I’m sure that many of you have heard about mentoring. However, there is a wrong belief that you can have only one mentor. If you want to be successful, extending your social network, where you can find as many mentors as you need, is very important. Are you actually aware that there are five different types of mentors?
Here is the list describing all of them created by Cate Huston.
- Peer Mentor. Peer mentor is somebody, who is at the same life stage as you are (being your class peer, your colleague, your friend), and who can help you to view the problem from a different angle. With this person you can share and discuss your problems, as well as get some help on how to solve them. The benefit of such mentorship is cooperation, an insight into different perspectives and broader view on the problematic itself. However, due to the fact that this is peer mentorship you might not always end up with a qualified advice.
- Role Model Mentor. If you have a professional goal, it is preferable to find a mentor, who is experienced in the area or has a position that you’re dreaming of, so that you can get a direct professional advice and necessary expertise at the same time. This type of mentor is often inspiring, since you will share the same interest and will get a sound understanding of possible challenges that you might face. Besides, role model mentor can help you to spot long-term trends and give advice. At the same time, you should be aware that this type of mentorship will require quite a bit of work from your side: you will get more value if you will not go into details but will provide necessary highlights and important points describing the issue you are faced with.
- Oracles. This is the most influential, sound and insightful type of mentors. With this type of mentors, you need to be respectful of their time and try to ask only important questions.These mentors are the best in giving a life-saving advice connected to your work, they are able to give you the “big picture”, spot longer-term trends and help to open doors for you. But there are some disadvantages to be aware of: since these people are extremely busy, time is very valuable for them. Therefore, you should plan in advance and make sure that your questions are strategic.
- Specialists. Sometimes we have a very specific question in the area where we have limited knowledge. In this case, such mentors as the “specialists” are the perfect solution: they can provide you with qualified advice or do necessary service for you. Those mentors, who encourage you to make something or recommend something to you can also be added to this category.The advantages of such mentors are: fresh perspective and more in-depth expertise on specific things. However you should be attentive when choosing this type of mentorship for yourself – make sure to correctly establish which expertise you need.
- Sponsors. Last but not least, sponsor mentors are those who can advocate for you and help you with your project. They provide encouragement and help by using their reputation.They can give your career an essential impact, although, with this type of mentors you should only present your achievements and accomplishments.
Above are the five types of mentors, who can help you on your way to the top. Make sure not to stop with one type of mentor, because each mentor can offer you his/her particular expertise and view on the problem.
About the Author
Anastasia S comes from Ukraine. Her family home is in Donetsk and during the last year she has faced a completely new world of fear and uncertainty. She has completed her Masters in Economics and is now happy to have a job, any job. The challenge of making her way in this new environment has led her to new insights on both the personal and business worlds.