In my opinion, peer to peer mentoring isn’t any better than traditional mentoring. It’s different.
It’s a valuable alternative to the more traditional model, especially for younger professionals who may find it difficult to find a senior mentor.
Traditional mentoring offers you a great opportunity to learn from experienced, senior professionals. A traditional mentor can offer you lessons and insight that might otherwise take years to learn on your own. And being new to the workforce, your fresh perspective can breathe life into their established norms and modes of thinking. However this traditional and sometimes rigid mentoring model can often be daunting to navigate.
I mean, how the heck do you find a mentor in the first place? What are we supposed to do? Just knock on an Executive’s door and politely ask to be mentored? Surprisingly sometimes the answer is yes. Especially because some Executives actively seek out opportunities to mentor. But in most cases, the answer is no. Which means finding a mentor gets a little more difficult.
Keep in mind! Larger organisations will often offer mentorship programs for you to opt into. If you’re unsure, ask your HR department. But many small or medium sized businesses don’t offer these programs and in that case peer to peer mentoring might be worth a shot!
Peer to peer mentoring is a surefire way to build up your professional skillset and strengthen your support network
How To find A Mentor Amongst Your Peers
- Identify young professionals in your network with skills you’d like to learn about
- Figure out which of your own skills they might be interested in
- Arrange for a coffee or chat and ask if they’d be keen to share their experience with you (you could even show them this blog post if you’d like a launching off place)
- Follow up your ask with an offer to share some of your skills with them (keep an open mind, they may be interested in parts of your skillset you never expected)
Conversely, even if you HAVE had, or DO have, a more traditional mentor, peer to peer mentoring can still be a great way to add extra skills into your tool belt and connect with likeminded people.
What’s your experience with mentoring?
Do you want a mentor? Do you have one? And if so, how did you connect?
Madeleine is a keen creative now living in Brisbane and working a corporate nine to five. The Grapevine Club was born from her passion for writing and connecting with other kick-arse women.
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