Alvin Hope Johnson | Blog
Although the concept has only been formally around for the past two decades, positive psychology has made quite an impact across academia and workplaces alike. Not to be confused with positive thinking, positive psychology is the idea that there are small, practical actions you can take to improve yourself.
Finding a mentor is frequently an important part of any new employee’s professional development, but being a strong mentor can be just as much of a challenge. In many ways, a mentor is responsible for guiding a mentee through the ins and outs of developing their career, and there are good ways to do that, as well as bad ones.
No matter the industry these days, more and more people lead stressful lives. Busy lives, without much pause in between one thing and the next. Between professional goals and raising a family, or maintaining hobbies, or perhaps a mix of all three, finding time to decompress can be like asking people to always eat a balanced diet: it’s really hard.
Empowered people are stronger, more motivated, in all aspects of their lives, which translates well into their professional aspirations. In that same vein, people who remain unempowered possess less drive and are less likely to actively participate in both their personal and professional lives.
No matter what industry you decide to enter, everyone can benefit from the wisdom and experience of someone’s who’s been in that line of work longer than you. Finding a mentor can mean having a supportive figure to lean on, to receive advice from, to ask questions in times of uncertainty. There are many advantages to asking someone to be your mentor. The process of doing so can be awkward, however, and worded incorrectly, can put a person in a corner. When looking for a mentor, here’s how to do so in a way that will foster an organic relationship that benefits the both of you.