Lots of business owners and prospective entrepreneurs rely on guidance from mentors to help them reach their goals and achieve success, but a lot of professionals in the manufacturing industry underestimate the importance of mentorship programs. If you work in the manufacturing industry and you are looking for new ways to reach your career goals, it’s worth it to consider some of the benefits that mentorship has to offer.
Why is Mentorship Important?
There are several reasons why it’s important for new manufacturing professionals to work with a mentor. As the old adage says, experience is the best teacher, and mentorship gives young professionals the ability to learn from the experiences of people who have already spent years in the manufacturing industry. While there are plenty of things that have changed in the manufacturing industry over time, there are lots of principles and pieces of advice that hold true– regardless of how the industry shifts.
As the Baby Boomer generation ages into retirement, there is a widening gap in the manufacturing industry that needs to be filled by younger professionals with the skills necessary to bring the industry into the future. This means it is more important than ever for new professionals to work closely with experienced mentors to cultivate the skills necessary to keep the manufacturing industry alive and thriving.
How Manufacturing Mentorship Works
Mentorship is a unique relationship between a person who is very experienced in a particular trade or industry and a person who is newer to the industry. Mentorship isn’t a replacement for formal education or training programs. Instead, it complements other types of learning and allows people who are new to the industry to gain knowledge and insight in a one-on-one, casual setting. Mentorship gives mentees the opportunity to ask questions and receive insight that is specific to their interests, goals and ambitions.
In some cases, prospective mentees find a mentor through a formal network or mentorship program that pairs mentors and mentees. However, it’s very common for mentorship to develop naturally when a younger industry professional meets someone more experienced in the industry. The information and wisdom that mentors provide is incredibly valuable, but it doesn’t cost anything for mentees to work with mentors. Mentors offer their time and knowledge for free and they enjoy the opportunity to guide people who are just beginning their careers to help them reach their goals.
How do you work to include mentorship for your employees?
At KASO, we know that it can be challenging to navigate the manufacturing industry and we are here to help you with everything you need when it comes to injection molding and engineering services. No matter what your specific needs are, we are here to assist you. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you with your manufacturing project.