Why Mentorship is Key to Career Success

Have you ever looked at someone who is successful and wondered, “How did they get there?” Chances are that the successful person you are looking at had a network of mentors who were supporting them at every step of their process.

What is a Mentor?

A mentor is a person with more knowledge and experience than you in an area of interest. They usually have a better sense of how to look at the entire forest without getting stuck in the trees. A mentor is there to provide insight, feedback, and listen to you. They are there to help you move forward and provide you with suggestions to keep you moving.

The main idea behind a mentor is less about telling you what to do and more about helping you understand your strengths, interests, curiosity and helping you materialize those key elements into something worthwhile.

How can a mentor help you achieve your goals?

A mentor walks with you through the uncertainty and encourages you to remain consistent. Let us take weight lifting as an example. If you are new to building muscle or losing fat, you might not know where to start. What exercises to combine or what foods to eat. A mentor can help you break down the goal of building 15 pounds of muscle or losing 15 pounds of fat into smaller steps. They can help you identify what exercises to emphasize and what foods to avoid. They remind you that your learning and developing process is not always linear and mistakes will be part of your personal and professional growth. These are people, just like you, who might have similar experiences and will support your growth by helping you stay accountable to your goals. They are also there to help you reach those goals faster than if you were to work on them on your own. In short, mentors know the map and provide support as you build your own road.

Successful Leaders and their Mentors

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder and CEO, is a great example of someone who sought out mentorship to help him problem-solve some of his greatest challenges. Zuckerberg understood that moving towards progress is not a one-person journey and identified a mentor who could help him turn his ambitious idea into smaller goals. That mentor was Steve Jobs, American inventor, entrepreneur, and Apple co-founder. Entrepreneurs who demonstrate a willingness to learn, go into a conversation with an open mind, and are resilient to change have a high capacity to make meaningful action. In an interview with Charlie Rose, American talk show host, Zuckerberg described how his mentee-mentor relationship with Steve Jobs helped him build high performance teams and high quality services. He also mentioned that they both had a personal commitment to changing the lives of others. In a farewell Facebook post, Zuckerberg summarized his gratitude for his mentor in one sentence, “Thanks for showing that what you build can change the world.” Although most of us will not have Steve Jobs as a mentor, we can all benefit from having someone who can listen, exchange ideas, share insights, and offer support.

How will a mentor at Gydable help me reach my goals?

Our mentors are tech engineers who understand the complex challenges that people come across while building experience in technology. They use their personal experience and lessons learned to help support you at every step of your process. You will have the opportunity to work on real world projects with a mentor, guiding you at every step of the process. Working alongside someone who has experience in professional technology sectors will give you practice for the real working environment of engineers. During your time with a Gydable mentor, it is a good rule of thumb to act as if you were interning for a job. Chances are that your mentor can provide you with a referral for your next interview with a company they have worked for. Remember that these engineers come from top companies, so take advantage of your growing network at Gydable!

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed in this post are solely my own and do not express the views or opinions of my employer.

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