The Barbering industry has experienced tremendous growth over the past decade and ironically it has developed or produced very few mentors in our industry to help cultivate the next generation of barbers.
What is a mentor you ask? A mentor is a person or friend who guides a less experienced person by building trust and modeling positive behaviors. An effective mentor understands that his or her role is to be dependable, engaged, authentic and tuned into the needs of the mentee. Here are some tips:
- Establish a game plan. Don’t wing it; mentors are several levels above you. They’ve climbed the ranks from the bottom, and have the insight into what it takes to get to the top, which can be helpful if you’re interested in becoming a success in your industry.
- Look beyond your circle of influence. Put the word out that you’re looking for someone in your industry to advise you on your career path, and you never know who will turn up. But if you don’t let people know you’re looking, the search will be much harder.
- Be extremely flexible. It is key to get face time with your mentor, but remember they will be busy with career and life so do not expect anything from your mentor as time will be as valuable as advice. Opt for phone and email if he or she is too busy to meet in person.
- Be prepared. Come to each meeting with your mentor armed with questions or a subject you want to cover. This will help you maximize your time, and you won’t leave anything out.
- Be grateful. Your mentor is giving his or her time to you in exchange for the pleasure of watching your career unfold. Show your gratitude by thanking them often.