American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Benefits of Mentoring

"Mentoring works best when it focuses on the entire person versus focusing on skill development alone." Source: Harvard Business Review

Most mentoring programs are designed for the benefit of mentees, and they encourage participants to come into a relationship with specific goals and expectations. The benefits of mentoring, however, often extend far beyond the relationship's initial purpose and affect everyone involved: mentees, mentors, and the organization.

Benefits for Mentees

  • Access to a support system during critical stages of college and career development
  • Insider perspective on navigating their chosen career
  • Clear understanding and enhancement of academic and career development plans
  • Ability to develop mentoring relationships in industries where mentoring is not readily available
  • Enhanced understanding of the importance of mentors
  • Exposure to diverse perspectives and experiences
  • Direct access to power resources within the professions of audiology; speech-language pathology; and speech, language, and hearing science
  • Identification of skill gaps before leaving school
  • Greater knowledge of career success factors
  • A lasting career network

Benefits for Mentors

  • Exposure to the emerging talent pool
  • Ongoing attention to mentor's own career development
  • Satisfaction from imparting wisdom and experience to others in the profession without a huge time commitment
  • Enhancement of coaching, mentoring, leadership, and management skills
  • Chance to be exposed to a diversity of thought, style, personality, and culture
  • A way to recruit employees for the mentor's industry/company
  • Feedback loop to students and school regarding curriculum needs
  • Greater knowledge of recruiting success factors
  • A way to "give back" to their association
  • A lasting career network

What is Mentoring? | Role of the Mentee and Mentor

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