Written by: Annik Bosschaerts | Chief Operating Officer, The Bank of New York Mellon SA/NV
Whenever I am asked by young professionals for advice on how they can build successful careers, seeking a mentor comes to mind.
Experienced leaders offering advice on how they can best achieve their goals or solve problems, is something which is often overlooked.
I was recently interviewed on the importance of mentoring by Belgian magazine Trends alongside Chris Vansnick, who I have had the pleasure to have mentored. Chris is a senior project manager at the Brussels Airport Company.
When I was Chris’ age, my early 30s, I believe I would have benefited from having a mentor and regret not seeking one earlier in my career.
The benefits of having a mentor are broad. Through sharing their experiences, a mentor can help others define their long-term goals, and climb the learning curve faster so that they reach them.
They can help you to think outside the box and offer different perspectives to help solve problems.
And, they can give you the confidence to embrace new challenges which might seem out of reach.
Mentors can also help you to gain a level of self-awareness, to learn and use emotional intelligence. This is something which, in the Trends interview, Chris said he has found valuable to his career progression.
For me personally, nowadays, I find mentors inside and outside of BNY Mellon every day and I encourage my colleagues to do the same.
To be successful, it takes a lot of hard work, determination, and enthusiasm. But if you ask any successful businessperson, they will always name a great mentor who has influenced their decisions at some stage in their career.
So, go out there and seek a mentor!