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Five benefits of being a mentor

Five benefits of being a mentor

By LIV Mentoring Program

Young Persons 

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We all hear about how important it is to find a great mentor early on in your career. Having someone in a more senior role to bounce ideas off, share struggles with and get inspiration from is incredibly beneficial no matter what career you’re in.

But what isn’t as often discussed, and yet is equally important, is how much one benefits from actually being a mentor.

No matter what stage of your career you’re in – your first year of training or your fiftieth year of practice – there is likely someone who wants to be exactly where you are. Using your skills, wealth of knowledge, war stories, mistakes and successes to inspire the next generation of lawyers is not just a “noble pursuit” – it’s professionally beneficial to you as well.

Aside from the positive aspect of donating your time to help another person, here are 5 benefits of being a mentor:

  1. You will learn things about your own practice. Discussing your experiences, goals and ambitions will not only profit the people you are mentoring, but it will remind you what drives your own passion for being a lawyer.
  2. You will expand your network. The mentee may be coming to you in part to increase his or her network, but by meeting with a mentee, you will expand your own. Everyone knows someone, and the mentee who comes to you for counsel may very well be connected to someone whose circle you have been trying to be a part of for years.
  3. You will grow your resume. Mentoring opens up new opportunities and speaks volumes about your value as an employee to potential new employers. Good managers are always on the lookout for high level staff that are willing to offer guidance and expertise to their up-and-comers.
  4. You will cultivate talent for your profession. You might mentor a new starter at your firm who goes on to become a partner. Or you could be mentoring the next governor or attorney-general of Victoria. You never know who that person sitting across from you at the café will become, but you are a part of it. 
  5. You will be remembered. Perhaps one of the most exciting things about being a mentor is the legacy you are leaving for your mentee(s). Your work and the effort you have put into your career won’t end with you – it will be a part of that mentee’s life and career into the future as well.

If you’re interested in becoming a mentor or exploring your options for doing so, check out the LIV Mentoring webpage. There are opportunities to become a mentor in all locations and areas of practice. Contact LIV Mentoring Program manager Anna Alexander at mentor@liv.asn.au for more information or with any questions you may have.


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