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March 22, 2015

Do You Need a Coach or a Mentor?

Sometimes in our careers, we need a little help to get ahead and be more successful. Some people use a coach; others choose a mentor. There are important differences that you need to understand before deciding who can best help you.shutterstock_94211794

Coaching focuses on developing specific skills; mentoring focuses more on issues that affect your professional success. For example, a business coach can help you improve time management by teaching you new skills and helping you to recognize and eliminate time wasters in your day. A mentor, on the other hand, is more of an advisor or counselor who can help you with larger issues, such as managing conflicts between personal and professional demands, growing as a leader, and developing deeper expertise in your chosen field.

Generally, coaching is short-term. Once you gain proficiency in the skills you want to develop, the coaching relationship ends. Mentoring, however, requires time to build the relationship and trust needed for success. Some mentoring relationships go on for years.

Whether you choose a coach or mentor, investing the time and effort to advance your career and develop greater professionalism is a key factor in long-term success.

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