Debunking 5 Common Myths About Mentoring Programs For A Successful Growth

Mentoring Best Practices
Published on
May 31, 2019

Mentorship programs, like anything new, have increased in popularity, but they are not without misunderstandings. The idea of having an officially appointed mentor who can assist you in navigating the muddy seas of your profession appears to be a fantastic idea that any working person may benefit greatly from.  

However, many people still subscribe to common myths about mentorship programs, which stops them from availing the benefits it has to offer.

Below, we tackle these common myths about mentorship programs and talk about how and why they are wrong.

1- Mentoring programs are only for employees or businesses

Many believe that mentoring is only for employees and businesses that are struggling and in trouble. It cannot be further from the truth. A mentorship program allows you to have someone in your industry which is more experienced and willing to share that experience to grow professionally and personally. Many of the mentees in mentorship programs are, in fact, high-performance employees who are always eager to improve themselves. Having a mentor to guide you does not imply that you are weak; it only means that you are invested in your growth and development.

2- You have to be old to be a mentor and young to be a mentee

In the mentoring world, age is irrelevant. It’s experience and attitude that matters. People think you have to be a certain age to become a mentor and share all the lessons you have learned throughout your career; in reality, your industry experience counts.

Likewise, a common misconception is that mentees are usually young employees who are freshers in the industry. Many believe that only these younger employees can benefit from a mentoring program. It isn’t true. Mentoring is for anyone willing and eager to develop new skills, nurture existing skills, and form meaningful connections so they can grow professionally and personally.

3- Mentoring programs benefit only the mentee

A mentoring program is a two-way street where there is giving and taking on both sides. It means that both the mentor and the mentee will gain a lot of knowledge and self-awareness from the encounter.

A common misconception is that in a mentoring program, the mentor teaches, and the mentee learns. But the truth is that both parties gain something insightful and valuable from their regular interactions. In other words, a mentoring program is an excellent method of self-development for not just the mentee but the mentor as well.

4- Finding the right mentor is very difficult

A common obstacle that stops many professionals from participating in a mentoring program is finding the right mentor. They think that finding the perfect mentor who understands their needs and goals, who will give great advice, motivate them, and push them to be their best self while still understanding, is almost impossible to find. Today, there are platforms such as MentorCloud, which can easily connect you with the perfect mentor for you based on your individual needs and goals.

5- You don’t need mentoring once you are successful

It can be linked to the first myth that we discussed: mentoring is only for struggling ones. Once you are successful, you have made it, so you don’t need guidance and advice from anyone, right? Wrong. The notion that mentoring stops when you are successful are a harmful one that can easily lead to your downfall. It is when you reach heights you have never scaled before that you need a mentor the most.

Putting these common misconceptions away makes it difficult to see how anyone can benefit from a mentoring program. The key is to find the right mentor who is the perfect fit for you.

If this post resonated with you, check with your organization to see whether you are part of the MentorCloud network. If not, sign up for a demo here! Our vision is to create a mentoring planet in which true equality is achieved, and hard work is rewarded, but it's only possible with your participation.

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