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The benefits of mentorship

The benefits of mentorship

By LIV Media

Communication Mentoring Workplace 

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We all know how important it is to find a great mentor early in your career. Having someone in a more senior role to bounce ideas off, to provide advice and inspiration is incredibly beneficial – no matter what career you’re in.

But what isn’t often discussed, and yet is equally important, is the many benefits of being a mentor.

No matter what stage of your career – your first year of training or your 50th 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, there are many more benefits of being a mentor:

Learning more 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.

Expanding your network

Your mentee may be interested in expanding their network, and by being their mentor you will have more opportunities to 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.

Growing your resume

Mentoring speaks volumes about your value as an employee to potential 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.

Cultivating talent for your profession

You might mentor someone 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 will be a part of it.

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 future career as well.

 

The LIV recognises the important role mentoring plays in lawyer’s professional growth and development. Since 2009 we have been helping to facilitate many successful and rewarding mentoring relationships for our members. If you’re interested in being a part of the LIV's Mentoring Program or would like further information, visit the LIV Mentoring webpage. There are mentoring opportunities in all locations and areas of practice. If you have further queries, please email LIV Mentoring Program manager Anna Alexander at mentor@liv.asn.au.


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