My career start was lonely.
After a short welcome by the HR department, I sat in my office - and had no idea. It was a jump into the deep end - I had many questions, was motivated and curious. And 100% on my own.
Mentoring can be extremely helpful in this situation, as in many others. In addition to internal mentoring programmes, an external mentor also adds value in a short time.
A mentor has typically had a variety of experiences in professional life and passes these on in the context of mentoring.
The mentee's concerns provide the thematic framework, the mentor serves as an advisor and answers the mentee's questions.
In addition, the mentor is free to make his or her own professional network available, as long as it corresponds to the agreed goals.
It has in common with both formats that it is oriented towards the goals of the mentee and requires a strong basis of trust.
Mentoring is a dialogue - the mentor is available as a resource. Questions in both directions are the focus, and the mentor additionally talks about his or her own experiences and makes recommendations.
The longer period of time - typically three to six months - allows the implementation of measures that have already been discussed to be reflected upon.
Mentoring should expand the mentee's scope for action and create additional perspectives in a dialogue at eye level.
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Mentoring can cover a wide variety of professional topics - the following have proven particularly relevant in the course of my career
I would have needed a mentor more often in my career than I have actually had.
It is important to me to fill this gap in other people - that is why I have been involved as a mentor for many years: in my corporate job, in the mentoring programme alma of the University of Vienna, and with Mind your business.
Internal mentoring programmes in companies are very valuable - they give mentees many practical tips as well as a look behind the scenes.
External mentoring also offers a further perspective and thus expands the mentee's options for action. I have had this experience over many years and it has been confirmed by my mentees.
Above all, mentoring offers the opportunity to discuss those issues that exist in every organisation but can only be recognised by looking "between the lines". The role of the mentor is precisely to convey these aspects and make them striking.
In addition, the mentor is available for observations and feedback - this makes it possible to gradually achieve the agreed goals of the mentee.
Let's start a mentoring process at eye level - contact me for a free initial conversation!
Together, we focus on achieving your professional goals step by step - I am happy to be available as a mentor!
As part of the Alumni Mentoring Programme at the University of Vienna, I had the opportunity to work with Markus as a mentor. It was particularly helpful that he encouraged me to define and structure my goals more clearly by asking specific questions.
We are still in regular contact years after the mentoring, and the exchange on professional and technical topics remains very valuable for me due to his expertise and experience.
Scherin Alagati,Head of Finance and Controlling