Debunking Common Myths About Mentorship Programs

Mentoring Best Practices
Published on
May 31, 2019

As popular as mentorship programs have grown, likeanything else that is relatively new, they are not without misconceptions. Theconcept of having an officially designated mentor who can help you navigate themurky waters of your career seems like a great idea that any working individualcan benefit from. However, many people still subscribe to common myths aboutmentorship programs, which stops them from availing the benefits it has tooffer.

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

  • Mentoring programs are only for employees and/or businesses that arestruggling

Many are of the beliefthat mentoring is only for employees and businesses that are struggling and introuble. This cannot be further from the truth. A mentorship program allows youto have someone in your industry who is more experienced and willing to sharethat experience with you so you can grow professionally and personally. Many ofthe mentees in mentorship programs are, in fact, high-performance employees whoare always eager to improve themselves. Having a mentor to guide you does notimply that you are weak; it only means that you are invested in your growth anddevelopment.

  • 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 thatyou have to be a certain age to become a mentor and share all the lessons thatyou have learned throughout your career; in reality, it is your industryexperience that really counts.

Likewise, a commonmisconception is that mentees are usually young employees who are freshers inthe industry. Many are of the belief that only these younger employees canbenefit from a mentoring program. This isn’t true. Mentoring is for anyonewilling and eager to develop new skills, nurture existing skills, and formmeaningful connections so they can grow professionally and personally.

  • Mentoring programs benefit only the mentee

A mentoring program is atwo-way street where there is giving and taking on both sides. This means thatfor both the mentor and mentee, the experience is one that is marked by a greatdeal of learning and self-discovery.

A common misconception isthat in a mentoring program, the mentor teaches and the mentee learns. But thetruth is that both parties gain something insightful and valuable from theirregular interactions with each other. In other words, a mentoring program is agreat method of self-development for not just the mentee, but the mentor aswell.

  • 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, who will motivate them and push them to be their best self while still being 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.

  • You don’t need mentoring once you are successful

This can be linked to thefirst myth that we discussed, that mentoring is only for those who arestruggling. Once you are successful, you have made it, so you don’t needguidance and advice from anyone, right? Wrong. The notion that mentoring stopswhen you are successful is a harmful one that can easily lead to your downfall.In fact, it is when you reach heights you have never scaled before that youneed a mentor the most.

Putting these common misconceptions away, it is not 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.

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