Take your skills to your mentor to be tendered
“See Basil, I do not have time for all these mentors that
cannot help someone”. A friend once said. This was after she had brought up a
matter about her career. I had referred her to speak to an expert in her field
because she was good at making hair and make-up, but was complaining of being
broke so often. As her job does not meet up to her standard of leaving.
That single conversation, birthed this piece, as I meditated
on the conversation:
Benefits of her skill acquisition to her,
which was not effectively utilizing:
- Economic Survival: She had a talent
that other women used in paying bills, without having to work a 9:am to 5:pm
job. She has been trained and is well ready for any economical situation, but
unknown to her.
- Test of Personality Behavior: It is
until the pressure starts coming, that we know who really has a good character.
Skills in areas like human communication, enables us to know how to give
feedbacks to others. It is said, “Manner
Makes a Man”.
- Bonding: We get to build friendship, as
we learn with each other in a practical and friendly manner. This is a skill
lacked in several artisans who have handworks, but have remained poor.
- Being Independence: A friend once said
to me during our final year examination in school. “Madu, what you know, you
know, what you don’t know, you don’t know”. This was as a result f him picking
a question he had no idea of, because he had not read the handout. So, despite
me trying to give him points, the points were like giving a Nigerian grand
mother of 98 years, cryptocurrency to start trading, all because she wanted to
- Self-employment: The likes of
Durotoye’s wife, have added value not just to themselves, but reduce the unemployment
rates in the country by getting skills on just make-ups, like this friend of
“You can save money to cater for your urgent needs and others around
you, if you’ve got skills”.
Benefits of a mentorship
- Fast Learning Tradition: So, had she spoken
to a mentor with similar skills, she would have been put through on how to keep
her 9:am to 5:pm job, while using her skills as side gigs and earn extra money
from her skills. The mentor would have been a perfect guard to developing her
skill into a career.
- Making one into an Expert: Its like the
portal and clay story. The mentor is the portal while the clay is her, the
mentee. With a willing learning heart and patience. As knowledge with practical
years of experience down the line. She’ll transit smoothly into her career
- Summarizes Learning Process: What a
mentor would have done for her is, reduce her stress from her going to pay
much, either through her errors in life or going to professional courses that
cost more. The mentor would just sum it up.
- Reduces Anxiety that leads to Depression: They
can be turned to for advice, no matter what the issue is, as they are there to
lend listening ears. Of which, if the advice is taken, would keep one calm,
through their learning and waiting stage, as Mrs. Bunmi Teru would put it.
- Networks for the Mentee: It would have
been that after he had opened up to the mentor, that they would have referred
her to people she would make up and fix their hair, which would have been a
starting level to her financial breakthrough
“Leaders are those
who are skilled and mentored”. By Basil Ikpe
We could see that both skill acquisitions and mentoring work
side by side for anyone who wants to be successful in life. It’s one thing to
have the skills and another to have someone who without selfish interest,
guards you to the right paths in life.
Basil is a graduate of Mass Communication, from the Ebonyi state University. A content writer, digital marketer, with on going courses in digital marketing and social media marketing.
The Co-Founder of Nado Inter Global, a business marketing firm with IT services.