I come from a long line of teachers — parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, siblings — you name it they taught it. In fact, when I was in college I originally wanted to be a teacher but lost my mentor early in my college career and lost the drive. So, when I
As soon as I accepted the challenge through Schneider’s professional mentoring programs, the doubt began to creep in:
- What do I have to offer?
- Will this person see me as someone who wants to help?
- Will I have enough time to do this?
- What if we don’t get along?
- How much work will be involved?
So, I did what all members of my family do when they have questions, I did some research.
What is a mentor?
Dictionary.com defines mentor either “a wise and trusted counselor or teacher” or “an influential senior sponsor or supporter.” Trusted? Wise? Counselor? Influential? What the heck!?! I never really looked at myself as someone another associate would look to for answers about developing a career path. I come to work, do my job and get paid for it.
But then I remembered that I have been in graphic design and marketing for over 25 years. I have hired and fired
It all started with a resume.
My mentee brought her resume to our first meeting. We reviewed it and realized that there was a lot missing from it. Now I have found that over time if you need to explain something to someone, it is best to use examples so I
Once she felt comfortable, I started to ask what she wanted to do with her career at Schneider and from there we formed a plan. She has developed action items, added items to her Individual Development Plan (IDP), scheduled sit-ins and more all to help her attain the goals she wants to achieve. All I had to do was be present, listen and offer the best advice I could give.
She and I have continued our relationship past the one-year requirement in Schneider’s mentoring program and I couldn’t be prouder of what she has done.
6 steps to become a mentor
- Ask questions and challenge.
- Provide guidance and don’t be afraid to say you don’t know.
- Share responsibilities.
- Teach don’t preach.
- Use your resources to help.
Trusted? Wise? Counselor? Influential? I think so.
I’m grateful Schneider offers professional mentoring programs among its career and professional development opportunities, and I’d highly encourage anyone to become a mentor or mentee.
Do you have any questions about becoming a mentor or mentee at Schneider?