One easy way to position yourself for growth in your career is to have a mentor. If you don’t have one, it’s time for you to consider this to develop your yourself.

A career expert, Dr Flo Falayi once said that ‘employees who were part of a mentoring relationship were found to have significantly higher engagement scores, more fulfilled than employees who were not’.

A mentor is someone who has experienced success and can provide guidance in relation to whatever endeavour you are undertaking.

And to develop yourself in any field of your interest, you definitely need someone who can give you invaluable guidance. Here are five reasons you should consider having a mentor.

1. A mentor will help you grow your capacity

Mentors help you to believe in yourself (lionessesofafrica)

One of the major reasons why you need to have a mentor is for you have someone who can see your potentials and make you a better version of yourself. Self-doubt is a terrible personal issue that may affect your career growth, but having a mentor will help you develop confidence and believe in yourself.

2. A mentor will push you to go farther

Having a mentor helps you reach your career goals (rd.com)

Having a mentor will prevent you from settling for less. To reach your career goals, you need someone to challenge and push you to go farther than you can possibly imagine. 

3. Your mentor will protect you from taking wrong steps

Getting career advice from your mentor every time prevents you from taking the wrong steps in your career. (gtb)

Mentors take it as part of their responsibilities to protect and nurture their proteges from taking steps that may ruin their careers. You therefore, need to have a good mentor who will train you on how to take the right steps and make sound decisions that’ll lead to the fulfillment of your career goals.

4. Mentors will teach and advise you

Get someone who is an expert in your field to teach and advise you. (Andela)

In a bid to motivate and ensure you’re focused on your professional growth, mentors often push themselves to advise their proteges. They share their stories, experience and perspective to support their mentees.

5. Your mentor can be your connector

Your mentor can connect you to people that'll help further help you in your career.

If you have a mentor that takes you to events and shares his/her network with you, it makes it easy for you to grow your contact lists that’ll expose you to many opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise had.