“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
~ Eleanor Roosevelt
The best way to gain insight into what one’s future career aspirations hope to be is to have a true conversation with someone already established within that field of interest. Mentees receive a huge benefit from partnering alongside a well-seasoned professional to pick their brains. Asking a ton of questions around the “why’s” or “how’s” can really open a person’s eyes to where they want to go in life.
Unfortunately, sometimes this task can be challenging because of the lack of direction there is readily available to young people or individuals looking to shift careers. Although we would like to see everyone as having sound advice, this is not always the case. Asking questions of dearly loved or trusted people in our life may seem like the correct step in making good choices around career moves; however, sometimes their advice may not be sufficient. Though not intentional, friends and family may believe they are offering their real-world experience correctly, but they lack clear direction in the delivery of said experience.
This is why mentees seeking out career-driven individuals can greatly benefit from their streamline, world experience. Here they are matched up with someone who can give clear direction on what they feel the right steps for that individual should be. Oftentimes, for people who are well established, they reflect on their past and review areas in their professional journey where they wish they had shifted gears. Although they do not cry over their spilt milk, experienced professionals sometimes long for that moment when they could have benefited greatly from someone telling them which direction they should have turned or which path they might have chosen against. Though they are well-established, the experienced individual may look back and say “I have made it, but if only this or that would have happened sooner…”
Once presented with someone new and fresh to the game, they may feel that this is their chance to shed light on the potential career path ahead. People like to know their opinions are valued, and to be given the chance to submit their ideas to someone who truly cares about their experience, will enhance what is being communicated. This will amplify the relationship between the mentor and the mentee and will ensure levels of success from both ends.