Top three reasons why you should be a business mentor
(NC) Ask Kevin Schwenker about his experiences as a mentor and he'll likely have enough stories to convince any businessperson to free up some time to find a protégé or two.Schwenker is a seven-year mentor with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides youth aged 18-39 with start-up financing, pre-launch expertise, online business resources and industry-leading mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses.As a mentor, your skills, experience and knowledge can play a key role in helping a future mogul get their business off the ground and turn their dream into a reality. “It doesn't take a lot of time to make a huge difference in helping a young entrepreneur become successful,” Schwenker says.Need more incentive? Here are the top three reasons you should consider taking on a mentee:
Pay it forwardMaybe your mentor was a kind professor who coached you before you landed your first job. Perhaps it was a manager who took you under their wing. There's at least one person who played a role in shaping the businessperson you are today. As a mentor, you can help mold the next generation, which means…
Influence the future of Canadian business “I've always believed that providing a powerful vision of the future is the most important legacy we can give to our youth; supporting self-sufficiency via mentoring is a powerful influence one can have on the future,” says Schwenker.
Reap the benefits
In addition to helping others, many mentors claim to get much more out of the experience than they feel they give, including building their skills to advance their career and set them apart from peers, raising their personal profile, and gaining personal satisfaction by contributing to the economic development of their community. To learn more about business mentoring opportunities, visit cybf.ca.
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