Finding a mentor

07 September 2007 |

As they say, "Only the foolish learn from experience — the wise learn from the experience of others."

Find someone senior to be your mentor !!!

The guiding principle to find a mentor will not be number of grey hair on the person's head but the quality of experience and his achievements. To work with people like these, you will always find that they will guide your career in the right direction.

In my initial years of career, one of my managers (Mr J K Rajwade) told us, "I see you all as managers one day, may be in this company or in some other company." This very statement meant lot to us. We were capable of career progression in the organisation. The annual training programs conducted by him not only included the corporate messages but he made it a point to include management games. These session were similar to HR training program. He would reinforce his concepts in day to day working and change the way we think.

You should check your company policy whether they encourage mentoring or planning your career. This will help you to find the work you want to do and seek your mentor. In top IT companies, you can plan your career. You may choose working on global projects or be a cog in machinery.

If you have tough time finding a mentor, you should look for task masters in your organisation. Understanding their traits and working style, you will have lot to learn from. These task masters will be meticulous in their work, expect 150% from people who work with them and practical try to ruin employees private life. You may not like him to be your mentor. However you should absorb lot of positive traits from him. My experience tells that these type of people have come up a hard way in life. So they expect people to work like a donkey and spend their time in the workplace like a dog.

The choice to progress in life is with you. So the best is to find a mentor and learn from him or a hard way with experiences of your own.

Cheers,

Santosh Puthran

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