Getting the most benefit from your mentor
Having listened to countless interviews with our successful Olympic athletes, they have all thanked their support team helping get them to the podium; but, it’s not just athletes who need support teams, ambitious accountants do too, explains Heather Townsend.
Whether you are in practice, industry or running your own firm, your mentor is the equivalent of these athlete’s ‘coach’. So, what exactly is a mentor? A mentor is a trusted adviser, usually someone more experienced or in a more senior role, who acts as a sounding board and helps you find your own direction and achieve your career goals. When Jo (my co-author) and I interviewed partners for our book, ‘How to make partner and still have a life’, we found that every partner pointed to someone who has acted either in an official or unofficial capacity, as a mentor, to help them achieve their career ambitions.
In this article we give you tips on how to find the right mentor for you, and how to get the most out your relationship with your mentor.
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- How to find the right mentor for you
- How to make the most of the relationship with your mentor
- Actions before, during and after you meet
Find out how real accountants are getting hands-on help from more experienced practitioners on our mentoring project blog page.