Happy Mentoring Month 2021!

Welcome to our fist blog for the new year!

How fitting is it that the first month of the new year is also Mentoring month. Most of us create new year’s resolutions. The greatest resolutions that one could have is to be a mentor to someone, thereby contributing to that individual’s growth, personally and professionally.

Most mentoring programs are designed for the benefit of mentees, and they encourage participants to come into a relationship with specific goals and expectations. The benefits of mentoring, however, often extend far beyond the relationship’s initial purpose and affect everyone involved.

So, what is the difference between a role model and a mentor?  A role model is an individual whose example is looked up to and imitated by others. Mentors are trusted individuals with more experience than another person who personally, in a one-on-one situation, helps guide that person. … Mentors, on the other hand, have a personal relationship with you where they help you succeed.

Benefits for Mentees

  • Access to a support system during critical stages of college and career development
  • Insider perspective on navigating their chosen career
  • Clear understanding and enhancement of academic and career development plans
  • Ability to develop mentoring relationships in industries where mentoring is not readily available
  • Enhanced understanding of the importance of mentors
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Identification of skill gaps
  • Greater knowledge of career success factors

Benefits for Mentors

  • Exposure to the emerging talent pool
  • Ongoing attention to mentor’s own career development
  • Satisfaction from imparting wisdom and experience to others in the profession without a huge time commitment
  • Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership, and management skills
  • Chance to be exposed to a diversity of thought, style, personality, and culture
  • A way to recruit employees for the mentor’s industry/company
  • Feedback loop to students and school regarding curriculum needs
  • Greater knowledge of recruiting success factors
  • A way to “give back”

There are 3 types of mentoring namely: Intensive, Occasional and Passive Mentor. Identify which type of mentor you are, or perhaps a combination of the three.

Doctor Appolis once said “All those who accomplished great things in life is those who had a mentor” so I would like to thank my mentors, and may I say I have had many, but one thing up until today I always try and do is put to practice what I was taught by them. Gwen Du Toit, Elbie Van Zyl, Adrian Mouries, Cindy Hansen, Janet Eygelaar, Claudelle Kraukamp, Chisendo Steyns, Rosy De Mink, Patricia, Langley, Jerome George, Andrit Lourens, Hein Hendricks, Joan Albanie, Rene De Silva, Frank Julie, Tina thiart, Abdul Ryklyf, DI Babb, Megan Willliams, Ettiene Lekay, Shirley De Jongh, Allister and Merencia Scholtz.

Then of course my biggest Mentor Annaneas Benson, she taught and encouraged me to try everything in life to make more informed decisions.  She did not say no to anything that I wanted to do but rather offered me alternatives and had discussions about the pros and cons of what I want to do – even if it meant me going to a club in grade 11! She thought me that I should have my own voice and that when it is needed, I should have my voice be heard and that creating my own path is very important.

Thank you Mom and all my other Mentor’s; without you I would have not been half the person I am today.

“Mentoring works best when it focuses on the entire person versus focusing on skill development alone.”

All those who accomplished great things in life is those who had a mentor

Doctor Appolis.

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