When you are at the beginning of your professional career, everything can seem overwhelming. Perhaps you’ve started new job in the HIM industry which is unrelated to your degree. Maybe you’ve changed career paths. No matter the situation, a mentor can help.
Here are some of the benefits having a mentor can give:
1. A mentor can connect you to a new network.
A mentor has access to a whole new network of individuals that you may not. You can glean from their wisdom and expertise. Networking with new people boosts your opportunities exponentially. As the saying goes, “It’s all about who you know.”
Connecting with a mentor can change your career in ways you may have never seen possible. Whether you’re at the beginning, middle, or end of your career path, a mentor can come in and provide guidance and support that will make you a better student, employee and overall person.
2. A mentor can teach you something new.
Having a mentor outside of your school, company or department provides you with access to knowledge in other areas you may not have known you were missing. An easy way to gain access to new mentors is to volunteer. By volunteering, you have access to mentors with knowledge in an area you need to learn more about such as interpersonal skills, decision making, problem solving and organizational skills. Learning something new won’t necessarily make you a better person, but it will also show your potential employer you are disciplined and take initiative which are always good leadership traits.
3. A mentor can help develop your strengths and improve on your weaknesses.
Knowing your shortcomings, as well as knowing your strengths is a key part of your career. A mentor can point out some assets you may not fully realize, help identify underlying skills that you can develop, and advise you in areas you may be weak in.
4. A mentor can be your sounding board.
Sometimes you need to just talk it out. Often you know what the best course of action is, and saying it out loud to an impartial outside source or resource partner, can be exactly what you need to gain a better perspective on the situation. A mentor can be your sounding board, a trusted person that can offer experienced advise in how to navigate this new career and position to be the best HIM professional you can be!
5. A mentor can be your coach, advisor, and resource.
A mentor can provide insights into possible schools/career choices and employment opportunities.Seeking out mentors opens the opportunity for you to connect with a network that you may not have been connected with before, allowing you to grow as a new HIM professional.