Published on July 14, 2019 | career counseling
Peer mentoring VS Professional mentoring- Part 1
Karthik is at a very pivotal stage of his life. He is 16 years old and must make a very important decision about his career. Karthik must pick a stream for higher studies. Even though he doesn’t necessarily enjoy science and has found it hard to cope with mathematics, Karthik opts for the Science program anyway. Why? Because all his friends were opting for science. Over the next two years, Karthik barely manages to scrape by in 11th however, in 12th his shortcomings are much more prominent. Eventually, Karthik starts falling behind in class. Later on academics disinterests him and as a result, he scores low. This vicious cycle of low scores continues and on the eventful day of the board exams, Karthik’s grades are still consistent. His parents ask him which course he’d like to opt for? His mother’s suggestion of ART’S fall on deaf ears. Karthik, confused and lost asks his friends what he should pursue. His friends urge him on and tell him that he’s got the aptitude for science and must just work a little harder at it. And so, With his scores, Karthic joins the first science college that accepts him. After elongating a 3 year BSc course into a 5 year one Karthik finally graduates.
In this story who is at fault? Is it Karthik’s friends who urged him on, despite his aversion to the subject? Or was it all Karthik’s own fault?
Role of a mentor in career development
Just like Karthik, there are many students who have no idea which stream they should pursue and are absolutely clueless. Instead of looking for an answer they follow where their friends lead them. Your friends may not necessarily mean you any harm but, no matter how long they’ve known you, they are still limited to their own knowledge and experiences. Thus they lack the vision and clarity necessary to give you an exact solution. If Kartik had perhaps gone to a carrier counsellor and had himself evaluated he could have entered himself in a course in which he’d actually be interested. That is ideally speaking. Instead of counselling if Karthik had perhaps spoken to a professional physicist or scientist he could have realised earlier what he was getting himself into and what careers a BSc would fetch him. Similarly in the case of working professionals young and old, instead of switching fields and jobs for their own happiness they’d rather play it safe and suffer through their work. Mentoring programs can help professionals grow, develop and learn new skills under the direction and advice of a seasoned expert.
Why have a mentor?
Peer’s mentoring is good but life-altering decisions cannot be made over a discussion with your friends. To truly know what a career is like wouldn’t it be better if you could speak and interact with a practising expert in that particular field or career. They would be able to effectively describe to you a typical day in their career and are definitely much more experienced to give you a wholesome idea of a field along with a roadmap to career success. Mentoring is a professional activity. The origins of mentoring can be traced back to ancient Greece as a technique to impart to young men important social, spiritual, and personal values. Mentoring as we know it today is loosely modelled on the historical craftsman/apprentice relationship, where young people learned a trade by shadowing the master artisan. While every career and mentorship is unique and may have different criteria and characteristics. Recognizing that professional development through professional mentorship can be highly beneficial to both mentor and mentee, mentoring is a critical element in preparing higher education leaders of the future. Mentorship represents an individual’s personal commitment to seeking out, identifying, and developing in various ways. They aspire to become the leaders of tomorrow.
Navigus’s role in offering professionals for the mentoring process.
Now for those who are convinced of the need and importance of professional mentoring. We here at Navigus have created a platform called Auriga. This platform helps students, young professionals and professional mentors get in touch with each other. This allows students to get in-depth insights into various specializations by highly contextual mentors before they lock down a niche. The platform will validate a student’s industrial fit and help students understand the nitty-gritty of their chosen field including scope, job prospects, work profile, professional growth and more.
For young professionals, the platform can help you overcome your professional obstacles with insider’s tips and tricks to dominate your niche. A step by step assistance in evaluating your fit in your aspiring field for a smooth career overhauling. Additionally, the mentors can also provide exclusive advice on sustainable skill development to broaden your realm of opportunities.