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What are the benefits of the WAVE mentoring programme?

Mentoring is an established and effective way for people to grow their careers; from those just starting out in the world of work, through to highly experienced professionals who might feel stuck in a rut. Whatever point you’re at in your career, a mentor can offer fantastic support to help you get your career on the right track.

 

Programmes such as the WAVE mentoring scheme are key in both supporting women to reach their potential, as well as addressing the issues of the under-representation of women across the AV industry. 

How mentoring can help you to transform your career

There are numerous benefits to joining the WAVE mentoring programme. These include:

  1. Identifying your goals and develop strategies to achieve them

A mentoring relationship should always be focused on helping a mentee to achieve specific goals. Although you may ultimate career aspirations, mentoring can help you to set and articulate your goals so that they are clearly defined and achievable. Your mentor will also be able to support you in identifying strategies and potential routes to succeed.

  1. Building a relationship with someone unconnected with your workplace with an impartial ear

In some instances, asking for support and advice in a workplace can be perceived as a sign of weakness. By building up a relationship outside the working environment with someone that you can talk to in an open and honest way can be professionally liberating and help you to work through any issues that you feel you need to address. You will also benefit from their objective position and advice.

  1. Increasing your self confidence

“All women are, of course, different and have a range of strengths, weaknesses and aspirations, but certain threads tend to come through: a lack of self-confidence, imposter syndrome, fear of failure and a hesitancy in going for a promotion or new job. So, while mentoring is good for men and women, it can particularly benefit the latter, because it helps to build their confidence and enables them to see their careers more objectively.”Debbie Forster, CEO of Tech Talent

One of the main barriers to women reaching their potential is a lack of self-belief. Mentoring can help to overcome this, as your mentor can help you to focus on your achievements, skills and capabilities. By realising and reinforcing your strengths, you will build trust in your own abilities, increase your confidence and empower you in your workplace.

  1. Building a relationship with someone unconnected with your workplace with an impartial ear

In some instances, asking for support and advice in a workplace can be perceived as a sign of weakness. By building up a relationship outside the working environment with someone that you can talk to in an open and honest way can be professionally liberating and help you to work through any issues that you feel you need to address. You will also benefit from their objective position and advice.

  1. Benefiting from impartial advice and learn how to accept feedback – and act on it

Feedback and impartial advice can be hard to take, especially if it’s something you feel is critical, or you don’t want to hear. Remember that your mentor’s focus is always to support you and have your best interests at heart. Learning to receive all kinds of feedback is essential if you are wanting to grow professionally. It means that you can identify where you might need to work on your approach, or where you may need additional skills or training to strengthen your career.

And don’t forget – learning how to receive feedback positively in a safe mentoring environment can also help you to learn to effectively react and act on feedback given in your workplace.

  1. Expanding your networks and learning about other parts of the AV sector

One fantastic element of the WAVE mentoring programme is that you can expand your networks… and horizons. By developing your relationship with your mentor, they can help you by introducing you to new and different networks, which could open new (and unexpected) doors for you professionally.

Additionally, an integral part of the WAVE mentoring programme is the opportunity to network with fellow mentees. With regular meet-ups throughout the six-month scheme, you will have the chance to regularly meet and share your ideas and experiences with your peers… and start to build up your own supportive and unique network.

  1. Improving your communication and presentation skills

“I’ve always advocated that women be aware of their personal brand, what they bring to the role, how they want to be perceived by others, and the power of building networks, which can be more important for success than skills and knowledge.”

Building good communication and presentation skills can be crucial for your career to develop. This will ensure that you can demonstrate that you are confident, capable and knowledgeable, which will in turn ensure that colleagues, clients and beyond will believe in you and your abilities.

  1. Taking control of your career

Ultimately, the aim of having a mentor and participating in the WAVE mentoring programme is to empower you to fulfil your potential.

You get the chance to really identify what you want from your career. You learn to recognise the steps you need to take and changes you need to introduce. You get to meet new people and make new connections. You get the chance to grow and succeed.

Sounds great? Get applying!

The WAVE mentoring programme is open to women in the UK’s AV industry. There is no restriction on age or experience. Find out more about the WAVE Mentoring programme and apply by 12 November 2018

Further reading:

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/connect/small-business/why-mentoring-is-important-for-women-business/

https://www.theguardian.com/careers/2017/jan/16/shes-been-life-changing-why-female-mentors-matter-in-tech