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The power of a  mentor can be easily overlooked when you’re busy planning a new career or running your business. But although you may feel you have little time to dedicate to finding and working with a mentor, your success and growth may depend on it. Find someone who you admire and trust. Also, ensure it is a person whose feedback you value highly. Here are five reasons why you need a mentor.

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They offer professional advice

Whether you are editing your CV or preparing for an important presentation, having outside advice is crucial. A mentor can take an objective view of your work and help you to improve it. With years of industry experience, your mentor will have great ideas and tips that you can use to succeed. They’ve learned from their mistakes and now you can too.

They can introduce you to important contacts

Having a mentor is a great way to get your foot in the door. At this point in their career, they know a lot about the industry and have contacts across many different organizations and levels. Make the most of their introductions by following up on LinkedIn, and make sure to check in with your mentor when applying for jobs. They may be able to make a connection for you.

They support your growth and development

A mentor’s main focus is to help you grow professionally and personally. Many mentors suggest workshops, readings or training for their pupil. With a mentor, these resources are specific to you, based on your strengths and weaknesses that your mentor identifies.

They provide constructive criticism

Feedback is one of the most important things a mentor can offer you. Once you complete your studies, you will not have the ability to submit rough drafts. In a professional setting, it’s important to get things right the first time, particularly when presenting or submitting to your supervisor. A mentor is a perfect person to give you honest criticism about your work and help you improve it.

There to support and encourage you

Everyone could use some extra encouragement, regardless of where you are in your professional career. A mentor can help pick you up when you fall down, and encourage you to learn from your mistakes.

By Damilola Faustino

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