Shining the Light on Reverse Mentoring

By Deanna Bonaparte

A mentorship scheme is extremely beneficial in the workplace especially for the uninitiated. New employees are better able to assimilate new information and excel in their jobs with the guidance of experienced mentors who are familiar with company goals and the industry. As a new employee, being assigned a mentor to guide you through your new responsibilities can also help to quell your anxiety and smoothen the daunting process of picking things up quickly. But the onus to learn is not only on new employees and fresh graduates. Learning, regardless of your length of employment, is a lifelong process of keeping abreast with changes and new developments. Experienced senior employees have to strive to seek continual improvement, and one of the many ways to upgrade themselves is through the exercise of reverse mentoring. (Read More Here!)

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3 Tips To Managing Interns

I operate a SME (small and medium enterprise), and have just hired an intern to help out in my company over the next few months. How can I best manage my intern so that we have a mutually beneficial working arrangement?

Firstly, you need to understand that an intern is fundamentally unlike your average employee, for the very simple fact that he or she lacks proper working experience. An intern’s goal is generally to gain valuable work experience in an industry that (hopefully) interests him or her, and this internship usually is undertaken while he or she is still in school or has recently graduated.

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How to be a Good Mentor

By: Alythea Ho

On Monday, we talked about why you should seek a mentor at work .

But I don’t need a mentor, you say. Perhaps you’re a seasoned veteran and know your industry inside out. You’re successful at what you do. You know what it’s like to work long and hard to get to where you’re at today.

If this is you, why not consider mentoring instead? According to Business Insider, the lack of mentors is one of the biggest reasons why talented young workers leave their workplaces. In addition, most mentors take on the role because they enjoy making a difference in a person’s life. You probably won’t win awards for investing time into another’s career development, but what you will gain is the satisfaction knowing you’ve done an important job.

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Why you need a mentor at work

By Shi Tianyun

In Greek mythology, Mentor was a character who provided encouragement and practical suggestions to Odysseus’ son. His name lives down in history and has been adopted in the English language as a term for “someone who imparts wisdom and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague”.

Today, mentors still play an important role in gaining knowledge and learning how to build relationships across different circumstances. Yet studies show many professionals lack that exact connection necessary to learn from someone more experienced in the workplace. Business consulting firm Accenture found that only 13 percent of 3,600 professionals surveyed from medium to large organisations in 18 countries said that they would turn to a mentor at work for career advice.

Here’s how having a work mentor can be one of the smartest decisions you make in your career.

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