I have had the privilege of having some great mentors throughout my life and I couldn’t imagine where I would be without them, so my decision to become a certified mentor with the Mentoring Women’s Network was an easy one. The virtual mentoring program they have developed is by far one of the best mentoring programs I have seen. This virtual mentoring provides you with the opportunity to have a mentor or mentee geographically anywhere, not just located in your own city and state.
Although it is supposed to be and is very much a professional relationship, I often feel like my mentors have guided me not only on the ins and outs of my career but also provided invaluable information on balancing work and family, how to deal (and participate in) office politics, how to dress, etc. My mentors do not sugar coat their advice and are blunt and direct when needing to be without being unprofessional. This has given me the confidence I needed to reach for and obtain a position with more responsibility. This is a prime example of Passing the Torch and I look forward to continued connections to more mentors though MWN.
I like being a mentor because I want to help women, especially women who are in the process of starting a business. I hope to help them avoid common pitfalls experienced in the startup phase of a business. I gain fresh perspectives and ideas from each mentoring conversation. The MWN virtual mentoring system makes it extremely easy to form mentoring relationships.
Mentoring to me is critical in seeking objective views on situations, career path, andeven perceived or real road blocks. Sometimes it is your mentor who helps you through a tough situation that has upside when over and done. Without your mentor, you may not have stuck it out. We all need a reliable and trusted person to engage in such discussions. What is great about the virtual mentoring, is that for those who do not have willing mentors available to them, this is an easy and safe place to find such a person.
I have been extremely fortunate with the mentoring relationships that I’ve had throughout my career. Not only have my mentors been able to point me in the right directions, but they’ve been able to help me develop the skills needed to confidently take that next step on my career path and in some cases help me realize that the skills were already there. I know that my success has increased as a result of their involvement. I am thrilled to be able to pay that forward, and am very excited about the opportunities that MWN provides so that I serve as a certified mentor and continue my learning as a mentee.