Who’s your mentor?
By Kym Clark
Mentoring has long been a proven strategy to help people progress in their careers. What I love about the concept is that it can happen organically and informally, yet still produce amazing benefits for both the mentor and the mentee!
In male dominated industries especially, such as mining, construction and transportation, I believe women mentoring women can have significant positive repercussions. Having a guiding hand from someone who has been there before, can help women avoid costly mistakes and progress into areas that fulfil them.
My mentors have helped me make workplace and job transitions, manage difficult colleagues, cope with heavy workloads and find a work / life balance when it’s most needed. Without their advice, who knows where I would be today! It’s very likely I wouldn’t have started, or even continued, my journey towards owning own workwear label, and for that I’m most thankful.
If you’re looking for a mentor, there are structured programs in place which you can find with a Google search, or look around your workplace and simply ask someone you admire! They’ll be flattered so there’s no need to be nervous! Great mentors are those that you can relate to, have years of experience and understand workplace dynamics.
Or maybe you would like to give back to your community by offering to become a mentor to someone. If you’re a few years into work, perhaps you’d like to reach out to a local university or trade college to help mentor someone coming through the ranks. If you’re similar age to me, in your 30s, you may already have a decade of experience under your belt, which qualifies you to mentor graduates and junior members of the team. You may wish to establish a formal mentoring program in your workplace, or simply lead by example and it will happen naturally.
Your contribution to mentoring, either as a mentor or mentee, can be the catalyst to remarkable things to come!
Kym is the founder of She’s Empowered, offering industrial workwear for women Australia-wide. She is an entrepreneur, award winner, speaker, resource sector employee and advocate for inclusion and diversity in the workplace.