Sometimes we just need someone in our corner who has our best interests at heart. However, it’s not always easy to find that impartial advice within your own workplace. It’s easy to get secluded in your workgroup or your existing professional circle. Sure, networking events can connect you to many other professionals in your area, but what if you want more? If you do, consider enrolling in the AzLA mentoring program.
Mentoring is an informal relationship where one person provides advice and support to another. The mentoring relationship allows both parties to have a supportive professional relationship outside of their normal setting.
Are you working in a rural library and in need of a mentor outside of your workplace? Are you working in one type of position and want to build your skills to move into another type of position? Are you ready to take on more responsibility or looking to gain management skills? Each one of these goals can be tackled with your mentor.
Being a mentee can provide you with that outside perspective from a seasoned professional that can be difficult to come by within your own circle. Professionals who seek out a mentor report more job satisfaction and goal attainment.
Mentoring others has a similar effect. No matter where you are in your career, being a mentor to others gives you fresh perspective, allows you to develop your own coaching and leadership skills, and provides you the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your own goals.
The mentor/mentee relationship is mutually beneficial and those benefits last a lifetime. If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, please consider participating. It’s one of the benefits of your membership!
Get your applications in by April 15! Mentoring kickoff takes place at the regional forum on April 21. The mentoring wrap-up program will take place at the AzLA Annual Conference, November 2-4, 2016, in Tucson.
Did you miss the deadline? That’s ok, late pairings will be made after the kickoff on April 21. You don’t have to miss out.