By Antonella Feeny
82% of women agree that mentorship is an integral aspect of career advancement, yet only 1 in 5 women actually invest in a mentor relationship. Since its founding in 2001, Women in Leadership Foundation has successfully matched 1,900+ women with other women mentors from diverse industries and backgrounds. These mentors provide an avenue for women to hone their communication skills, build up confidence and propel their professional trajectory. Convinced that mentorship is the next step in your journey?
Whether you’re ready to enroll in WIL's mentorship program or simply reaching out on your own to a mentor, let’s dive into 5 ways to get the most out of your mentorship!
Set up a consistent meeting schedule
You and your mentor most likely have busy timetables, so it is important to decide fixed meeting times straightaway. Currently, WIL only offers virtual mentorship meetings, however, if you find your own mentor organically, you can choose to arrange in-person gatherings or take advantage of video call technology.
Know what you want to take away from the relationship
It is crucial to ascertain your intentions for this mentorship and objectives that you are hoping to achieve. Identify personal and professional areas of growth, as well as future aspirations. Mentioning these goals to your mentor will allow them to individualize their advice and input, making your experience even more valuable
Ask thought provoking questions 一 a lot of them
Your discussions with your mentor should resonate with you far after your session ends. Prepare a rough outline of questions to ask and improvise as you go, don’t worry if things go off topic. Be specific, clear, and relevant with your wording. Remember to give your mentor your full attention and listen eagerly as they answer questions.
Have a positive and open mindset
Each meeting should be a positive experience that both the mentee and mentor look forward to. Even if you may not agree with or follow your mentor’s advice, make note of what they are trying to say and spend time considering it. They may provide you with a new perspective and feedback that can be beneficial to your individual growth
Give as well as get
A mentorship is a partnership, not just a one-sided affair. It takes dedication and commitment between two people to emerge as a successful undertaking. If your mentor presents you with insight, guidance, and feedback, perhaps you can link them with your network or offer your own advice to them. Make your gratitude known!
Mentorship is an invaluable experience that often leaves a lasting impact on its participants. Interested in becoming a mentee or mentor? Visit WIL’s Mentorship tab to find out more information regarding our impactful programs.