5 Ways To Be A Stronger IT Mentor
Mentoring has profound effects on both the mentor and mentee. Here's how to create a better relationship so you both can reap more benefits.
The study which followed 1,000 mentors and mentees, found that while the employees who received mentoring were promoted five times more often than those who didn't, mentors were six times more likely to be offered a bigger job. Both mentors and mentees were more than 20% more likely to be awarded a raise than those who didn't participate in the mentoring program, but -- more surprising -- 28% of mentors got a raise while 25% of mentees did.
Laura McGarrity, VP of marketing at IT recruitment firm Mondo, said that the benefits of mentoring a more junior employee are many.
"You become a better communicator and a better listener," McGarrity said. "You can gain access to new skill sets that younger employees are more versed with. But you also learn to share your experiences in a way that's not self-serving, and without having to embellish or sell yourself, which can be refreshing."
Here are five things you can do to be a better mentor to IT professionals.
1. Know What You Can HandleIt's important to be wary of your time limitations and your current workload, McGarrity said. Know that signing on to be a mentor is usually a year-long commitment, and if your schedule may not allow this, you should think twice.
"There's so much going on in the world of technology and it's rapidly evolving," she said. "When you make a commitment to be a mentor, you're committing to going through this evolution with them. Especially in the technology sector, that means you need to be aware of and keep up with this shift that's happening."
Whether you're new to mentoring or have done it before, it's important to be wary of how many mentees you take on, McGarrity said. While you may feel like you can guide and give a lot to many, you need to be wary of how it could impact the quality of your mentoring. A good rule of thumb, McGarrity said, is to not commit to more than two mentees.
"If you think you can be a strong mentor, committing to one person is better than diluting your time and energy across two or more," she said.
2. Set Expectations
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