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04/09/2018
Why Is Mentoring Support Important?
Share Your Knowledge
Andrea Brbaklić, one of the initiators of the first mentorship programme in Serbia 'Share Your Knowledge, Become a Mentor'
Share Your Knowledge
I have had an opportunity to be a part of mentorship programme in the USA for female leaders, and had many mentors in my life, though at the time I might not have been immediately aware of their role. I have initiated a programme in Serbia which is now called Share Your Knowledge, and I am rather active as a mentor myself.

For me, the crucial moment in a mentorship relationship is that the persons ‘click’, that there is chemistry between them. According to my experience, the relationship is then developed naturally – if there is no such thing, which does not means that somebody is better or worse, it is hard to develop a relationship. It is the same in all life areas when it comes to people. Openness, trust, availability, empathy and courage are important preconditions for development of a good quality mentorship relationship.

I feel the best when I share my intangible possessions, and when I see how somebody finds it useful. I am happy to see an individual progress, it gives me purpose, expands and enriches my experience and helps me be a better person.

I have never been able to determine who benefits more – mentor or mentee, it is hard to say. My life is enriched with lasting friendships thanks to mentorship processes. When you ‘click’, you create a timeless emotional bond.

Young people often need understanding and encouragement, support to build self-confidence, possibly a contact, open doors, a book recommendation or a conference, professional association. We sometimes need to be ‘devil’s advocates’, encourage them to take risks and make potential difficulties and failures visible.

Finally, there is an advice to mentees that my experience requires me to share. Be brave and ready to make a breakthrough and actively approach this relationship. It’s up to you what you will gain, set your goals and ‘use’ your mentors. If we don’t respond to your first e-mail, text us, call us. Mentors are often rather busy and though they have goodwill – they forget things.

Be aware that we are grateful to you because we learn through you, keep up with the times, thus becoming better people through such a process.

Let’s have a cup of tea? Or maybe… a coffee?
AUTHOR
Andrea Brbaklić,
one of the initiators of the first mentorship programme in Serbia 'Share Your Knowledge, Become a Mentor'