Key Learnings on the Power of Mentoring

Mentoring 2 Work has been focused on empowering young adults to enter the workplace for the first time or further stake their place in it. Our program is person centred which means we’re governed by the engagement and progress of the young adult – in short… it all revolves around them.

Here are some key learnings so far having engaged with just short of 200 young adults:

  • Young adults are incredibly busy. Busy not letting a fast paced world pass them by. Busy keeping up with the grade on social media and unfairly comparing themselves to others’ perceived realities that are either not real or have taken years to get to. They are busy focusing on the now and only now.
  • Perspective is an elusive thing. The big picture has been replaced with tiny pixels of now. Thinking ahead and about the grand scheme of things can put issues and life as we know it now in perspective. Young adults stuck in the now lack perspective, so they are weighed down and vulnerable to anxiety and mental health issues.
  • The power of being listened to. Everyone just wants to be heard. Young adults are at a tricky age where they have left high school and are finding their voice. But if they don’t transition on with purpose, their voice can often go unheard. Sitting down and taking the time to listen to someone without an agenda, without judgement is a powerful thing. Too powerful for some young adults but just what a lot of others need to realise their own potential and take their next step up.
  • Young adults are adults…. and being treated as such feels like a rare thing to them. Our program is merely a vehicle for them to work at realising their potential. They do all the work because it is their journey and own goals to achieve.
  • Intergenerational knowledge rocks! Young adults respect the knowledge and experience of older mentors. What they struggle with is where and how to get started. A good mentor once said that it starts now. Whether it’s the next decision you make or the next challenge you take. 
  • It’s okay to not know what you want to do. The journey of life has a way of helping most find this out. Focusing a young adult’s thinking on their strengths and attributes and how transferrable most is an important early step. Getting a young adult to think big picture in terms of what is most important to them about is invaluable.