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Wanted: IAM Members to Be Mentors

Academic journal article Manager

Wanted: IAM Members to Be Mentors

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CfA research shows that over the next 1 5 years, 25% of the administration workforce will be retiring. With the population under the age of 20 at its lowest level since records began and with no sign of increasing, this will mean less young people entering all professions.

If there are less young people coming into the workplace, the demand for them to be highly skilled will be immense. Whilst qualifications are important, work experience is usually the most effective way of learning the essential skills required to work effectively.

In the past, the workplace had a structured hierarchy of juniors and supervisors and some managers would act as informal mentors in the workplace. They would coach their junior staff in the expectations of their employer, with flatter organisational structures. Now, these mentoring and coaching opportunities are becoming much fewer due to time pressures and flatter organisational structures in general.

So what is a mentor and what do they do? A mentor is an experienced person who provides information, advice, support and encouragement to a less experienced person, often leading and guiding by example of their success. Many junior staff find that a mentor helps them with career guidance, as well as with the practical skills needed to develop in their role. Others simply want to bounce ideas off on someone else for approval, or to discuss the best solutions for a particular problem.

So how can you ensure that you are a great mentor? Here are the top ten qualities for a positive mentoring relationship (Tina Catling, Manager Magazine Jan 08):

1. Be positive - you will need to give constructive criticism so you need to think about how you are going to communicate your opinions without being negative

2. …

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