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NAPW Feature Story: Mentoring Matters!



Wondering about the benefits of mentoring a young co-worker or approaching a more seasoned professional for career guidance? Well, wonder no more! According to a survey conducted by LinkedIn, 82% of women agree that having a mentor is important. The survey also showed that 66% of women connect with mentors in person. And in a recent UPS study, 88% of business owners with a mentor say that having one is invaluable.

Clearly, mentoring matters when it comes to professional growth! To get the most from your mentoring experience, here are some things to consider:

Know Your Needs
Before you begin your search for a mentor or mentee, give some thought to your professional needs and plans, now and in the future. Do you want to collaborate with someone in the same industry or are you willing to look outside your field? How much time and effort are you willing to invest in the relationship? Once you are clear on what is important, you will have a better idea of what–and who–to look for.

Make Good Choices!
Do a little homework before choosing the individual you want to ask for help or the person to whom you’re offering advice. Look for someone who has similar goals; check out their references. Do you see yourself comfortably working with this person? If possible, talk to a potential mentor’s former protégé. In short, try to learn as much as you can before making a commitment.

The More the Merrier
Having more than one mentor could be a good thing, in fact, sometimes it’s best to work with a few different professional women so you can tap into their particular expertise and skill sets. For example, you may need advice on marketing, social media and finances, so don’t hesitate to seek guidance from three different mentors who are leaders in those particular fields. Each will bring her unique knowledge to the mentoring table.

Broaden Your Horizon
Why limit yourself to only those women in your workplace? In an article posted on that discussed the value of women’s mentoring programs, author Ruchika Tulshyan pointed out that joining a professional women’s organization (such as NAPW) is often a better source for mentors than the workplace. “Mentoring becomes easier among women at different levels, across industries, rather than the one-sided perspective you may get within one company,” she wrote.

Everyone Benefits!
Being a mentor may take time and effort, but you will reap rewards such as strengthening your leadership skills, raising your self-esteem and realizing a sense of accomplishment that you are helping a younger, less experienced woman. As a mentee, you will receive plenty of valuable advice and information to help you advance your career. Plus, you can pay it forward down the road once you are established in your career by becoming a mentor yourself!

We want to hear about your experience as a mentor/mentee. Please tell us about your mentoring relationship in the comment section below!



Megan Bozzuto


  1. Deanna
    April 2, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    I am the Event Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and would love to put you in touch with our Outreach Coordinator. We have a lot of successful match relationships that could possibly contribute to your article and perhaps there may even be an opportunity for another organization or professional association that would like to initiate a mentoring program in their place of business that would like to work with us.

  2. Amy Mattinat
    April 2, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    I was very fortunate to find a mentor in Jody DeVere:
    She is a leader in my industry (Automotive) and taught me how to navigate through my male dominated world with ease and grace. She has also passed on to me the most amazing opportunities that have opened many doors and provided unusual & exciting experiences.

    Our relationship has always been give and take. Over the eight years I have known her, I have worked many events for free in exchange for getting face time with her. I am fortunate to now be able to call her my mentor and my friend.

  3. Jennifer Molloy
    April 3, 2014 at 2:57 am

    I have had the pleasure of mentoring women for over a decade. Mentoring and coaching women in my workplace lead me to leave and form my own coaching company. i learn from each mentee and am happy to provide guidance where asked. I also have coaches and mentors to help me work through challenges. I truly believe we need to stick together. It takes a village:)

  4. Jennifer
    April 8, 2014 at 2:06 am

    As a minority in the corporate world, having a mentor was crucial for me. I’m no longer in corporate but I truly benefited from casual (but planned) breakfast meetings with women in leadership roles in my company. Now that I have transitioned into entrepreneurship, I find that having the right mentor by my side is even more valuable.

    Great article and practical tips.

  5. Stacey Vosinas
    April 9, 2014 at 1:22 am

    I will never forget my first mentor. My first “real” job right out of highschool. I didn’t care about a career. I cared about the paycheck. This man saw my potential and to every opportunity to open doors for me and kicking me through lrtting the door hit me in the ass. Thank you Andy. I have had many mentors throughout my years and they have been invaluable to me. Whenever I recognize talent, whenever I see potential, and whenever someone asks me to be there mentor l never hesitate to jump right in. Being a mentor and knowing you’ve helped someone grow, helped them shine, helped give them a direction, is incredibly rewarding. You never not need a mentor. Never deny someone else of having one.

  6. Gwendolyn guirty
    July 11, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I in Essex County, NJ. I am looking for someone to assist w/resume revamping. I have a solid administrative background with strong technical skills. I’ve unfortunately been downsized 6 jobs in a row over the past 14 years. I think that the experience has burned me out…I need help

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