Many of my clients want to get to the next level at work. While coaches don’t give recommendations, finding a mentor is an idea that I share with many clients. One of the best investments you can make in establishing yourself within your career is to engage with a mentor, someone more experienced than you who is willing to advise, be a sounding board and support you, especially as it relates to your career interests. A mentor helps you hone your skills, offers wisdom, guidance and bonding with an experienced colleague.
Mentor relationships may be internal within your company, with someone external who is in your field or beyond your field. Good mentor experiences offer an opportunity to explore and gain information about areas of interest and ways to overcome what may seem like hurtles. You get to learn from and with another.
Mentorship for coaches is valued by the International Coach Federation. For those applying for or renewing Associate Certified Coach you may be required to have 10 hours of mentoring. For certified coaches, mentorship qualifies for up to 10 hours of core competency Coach Continuing Education Units.
To get to the next level as a coach, apply or renew prior to the end to this year, you may want to join a Group Mentor Coaching program. I will be facilitating Group Mentor Coaching with my colleague Monica Leggett. We’re both PCCs and Certified Mentor Coaches.
Whatever your career, investing in finding mentors will pay off. You’ll develop your skills, build on your strengths and improve weaknesses. You’ll learn ways to get to the next level.