A personal perspective by Hetal Dave, Business Development Manager at Trident
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit our shores, we were and (some are still) wondering what the future holds. My work, my home life and my community had changed. Even when things get better, we constantly adapt and pivot towards new directions or search for a new normal every day.
During this challenging time, the uncertainty made me realise that I needed moral support. I needed a source of inspiration, someone who could offer me positive energy/vibe and new ideas. I needed someone who could help me look at things from a different perspective. Being a team leader, I needed to find new ways to pass on knowledge to my team. I was inspired and signed up as a mentee.
As a mentee, I strongly felt the program boosted my confidence. I was motivated by learning and hearing other’s achievements. My mentor helped me identify the gaps in my skills and coached me in finding new innovative ways to close them. Overall, the sense of support that I received had a positive impact on my health and wellbeing.
Building strong relationships and helping others has always been a passion of mine. To give back to the community, I signed up to become a mentor to support young women in Technology. I enjoyed sharing my experiences, elevating other women, and forming a meaningful relationship with them. In return, it has made my work more meaningful and fulfilling; without a doubt, it had good effects on my mental health.
As a mentor, I kept an open mind and was receptive to new perspectives, which have helped develop my leadership and coaching style. It has shaped my thinking about how I prioritise my goals and practices. When we learn to accept new ways of thinking, and we move away from groupthink. In my experience, mentoring is a two-way street. If done right, you can create a strong and safe foundation for both the mentor and mentee—a place where you can have healthy and happy professional career support.
If you want to become a mentor or a mentee but unsure where to start or wonder if you have anything considerable to offer, I recommend putting your doubts aside and give it a go. Listening, having an open mind, and sharing your experiences, will be your first step in helping someone achieve their full potential.
You could start with the University you are associated with, explore LinkedIn and other professional networking platforms, or simply by asking your friends or colleagues for such programs.
In this unprecedented time, offering the gift of time, guidance, and advice to someone who needs encouragement is a rewarding experience for the mentor and mentee. And yes, it is really good for the soul!
About Hetal Dave
Hetal is an expert in Business and Enterprise IT & Communication. She proactively engages with clients’ organisations and seeks to understand their IT issues, pain points and user requirements. She is proficient at improving business efficiency and minimising risks by delivering effective IT solutions. She is passionate about learning, personal development and strives to inspire women, especially her daughter.