Synergy News & Blog: Bath Office
Why Mentoring matters | An individual perspective
Mentoring has an important place when it comes to career development within the construction sector. It is often the catalyst enabling employees to advance their career to the next level.
Karen Sandford, Partner in our Bath office, gives us her personal insight on this important development tool both from the aspect of the Mentor and the Mentee.
“I managed to find a fantastic mentor through Women in Property a few years ago. It’s not that she gave me the answers to the questions, it was more that she made me reflect and think about the direction I should take.
As is usually the case, I already knew the answers to the questions but, having someone to bounce ideas off and talk through the challenges made everything clearer, provided more focus and gave me the confidence I needed drive things forward. I achieved more because I felt I couldn’t turn up to a meeting with her unless I had actioned some of the plans we’d put in place. I didn’t feel under pressure to do it, it simply made me want to do it.
Whilst employers should encourage mentoring within their organisations it is also important to talk to someone on the outside who can look at situations from a different viewpoint and without the influence of being in the same environment.
Whilst I have experienced being a mentee, I was also a mentor, which I really enjoyed and found extremely fulfilling. It’s definitely easier guiding others than guiding yourself! Since then I’ve taken on a more unofficial role and when someone contacted me after reading a profile I’d written I was more than happy to meet her and we now keep in touch and she knows I am always available for a chat
I also truly believe It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how much experience you have, mentoring can benefit everyone if you find the right person to talk to. It’s definitely good to talk!”