What was your challenge that you wished to address thanks to mentoring?
When I joined the mentoring program, I was at a crossroads in my career. I had a background in Data Analytics, Project Management and Software Development, but I was struggling to decide which path to pursue as my next career steps. Having experience and interest in such different areas can be challenging, especially that each field has its own set of advantages and opportunities. I needed guidance on how to align my skills and interests with potential career paths which I could take.
How did mentoring help you?
Mentoring helped me articulate my career goals and align them with my personal interests and strengths. Through thoughtful discussions, I gained a deeper understanding of what I wanted to achieve. We conducted a comprehensive skills assessment to identify my existing skills and areas that required development. This enabled me to evaluate which career path would best utilize my strengths and provide opportunities for growth. My mentor shared valuable insights about the current trends and future prospects in different fields. We also discussed real-life scenarios and case studies, allowing me to envision what my daily work life might look like in each field. This helped me make an informed decision about which field aligned better with my long-term aspirations. Moreover, having a mentor who had walked similar career paths provided a level of reassurance and confidence in my own decisions. This support was instrumental in overcoming doubts and hesitations.
What would you like to say to people who consider becoming mentees?
I highly recommend becoming a mentee, especially if you’re at a career crossroads or seeking to enhance your skills. Mentoring can be an incredibly enriching experience. It offers a unique opportunity to gain insights from someone who has navigated similar professional challenges. It’s a chance to learn not just the technical skills, but also the softer skills and practical wisdom that only come from years of experience. Be open and proactive in your interactions with your mentor. Ask questions, seek advice, share your own experiences, your goals and challenges openly, and implement the advice and strategies discussed. The more engaged you are, the more you’ll get out of the program. While you’re there to learn from your mentor, you also bring your own unique perspective and experiences to the table. This exchange of knowledge is what makes mentoring truly impactful. For me, it also opened doors to opportunities I hadn’t previously considered. I encourage anyone considering becoming a mentee to seize this chance for growth and development both professionally and personally. It’s a decision you won’t regret.