Posted by: ahmedashfaque | June 5, 2014

Qualities of a good mentor


Continuing my series on finding a mentor in part 1 and part 2 of my earlier posts, today i will focus on what qualities your mentor must possess so that he/she can be considered a good mentor for you. When you try to find a mentor who will help you in finding you a job, you must consider a crucial aspect about your mentor. Not everybody who you think will be a good mentor will actually turn out to be a good mentor for you.

A mentor must have some qualities which will make him a good mentor for you.

The mentor should have some general qualities as well as some specific qualities.

The general qualities include:

  • The mentor should be a good listener. He/she should be able to listen to you and understand your background, qualifications, experience, skills and your requirements. Only then he/she will be able to help you by matching your skills with the skills required in the job market.
  • The mentor should have good analytical ability. He/she should be able to analyze your skills, find gaps and help you in improving your skills.

The mentor should also have some specific qualities which will make him/her relevant for you.

  • The mentor should have experience in your area of specialization. If the mentor does not have experience in your of specialization then there will too many difficulties for him/her in helping you. He/she will not have good connections in the industries in your area of specialization, he/she will not able to understand your requirements, he/she will not be able to analyze and grade your skills etc. He/she will also not be able to help you upgrade your skills if any deficiency exists in your skills.
  • The mentor should be able to understand your requirements completely. Only then he will be able to help you. For example, you are looking for a support role on SAP projects and not on implementation projects then the mentor should be able to help accordingly.
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