So what are the benefits of having a mentor?
There are many advantages and benefits to be gained from developing a relationship with a mentor, not only within your craft but also within business as a whole. For a chef who has studied for years or worked their way from kitchen-to-kitchen, finding a mentor is a crucial step to acknowledging that you are not alone in wanting to better your profession and that other, now more successful, people have lived through similar struggles you are experiencing today. With all that being said, lets see what are some of the main benefits below!
Mentors act as a great source of inspiration and wisdom for any beginning culinarian or chef. Most successful mentors will have a story of lowly beginnings and trying times during their career, which only serve as motivation to yourself when battling through your own professional struggles. They will inject the necessary inspiration to keep you going in the most challenging times, which will help you stay on track.
When struggling for advice on a situation most individuals turn to an internet search that offers one of two things – 1) Concise advice for a general audience, or 2) An infinite range of answers from a diverse community. A mentor with whom you have developed a personal relationship however will be able to base their advice on your personal goals, situations, and character by applying their own real-life experiences. Instead of aimlessly wondering the web, having a mentor to turn to can provide quick and specific advice to keep you moving.
A Confidence Boost
Very few individuals agree to be mentors unless they themselves are inspired by the dedication and work ethic of their mentee, which means that as someone with a mentor you have someone fighting with you in your corner. Their faith in your abilities provides an instant boost of confidence. This is a key benefit of having a mentor, especially during a time when you may be struggling for work or recognition and are beginning to lose assurance within yourself. The path isn’t always peaches and cream, so sometimes you need to hear from a respected mentor in order to bring your levels of confidence up to par.
Clarification of your Goals
Mentors are not only great when seeking advice, but they can also act as a mental soundboard; someone with whom you can talk over ideas and opportunities with in order to arrive at the best solution in time for you. With a wealth of experience under their belt, the benefit of mentors is to help you steer your career in a clear line, without that line becoming fuzzy through uncertainty or a lack of confidence. It has been stated before that the difference between a dream and a goal is a deadline or time-sensitivity, and sometimes you need a mentor to help you turn those dreams into goals and stick to them.
A key benefit of a mentor is that you will not only benefit from his/her personal experiences alone, but from the experiences of others in their circle. Once you have clarified your goals with your mentor, they will have an idea of who else can best guide you in certain directions. This can help you get even more advice on particular problems you may be encountering from a network of professionals that have encountered similar problems in their own journey. In some circumstances, your mentor is also likely to hear of job opportunities first-hand from friends and colleagues. Add to this their own knowledge of the business or individual hiring and you will have already gained a head-start on other applicants to the same position.
Hopefully it’s clear that seeking a mentor can be a great benefit. Not only can this positively impact your professional growth, but it can even help you grow personally.