On-job training is arguably one of the most misunderstood concepts in the corporate world. However, it is it is crucial for personal growth and more importantly helping the new employee adjust to the corporate philosophy. Sandy Chin, has been vocal on the role of mentorship in the corporate world. According to her, there are many reasons why mentorships are important in the world of corporate. For mentorship to be successful, there are five tips Sandy Chin believes are important.
One of the major tips on mentorship according to Sandy Chin is by helping the new talents avoid common mistakes in the workplace. She believes that as a mentor, one has a responsibility of helping the new talents prepare enough for a start that is free from common mistakes. According to her, the greatest mark of an entrepreneur is mentorship, and in this case, it is to help the newcomers in your organization have a soft landing. However, she points out that any journey has its challenges and preparing them for this reality is important.
Second, it is a reality that people are often in a state of confusion when starting in new jobs. Sandy Chin points out that this state of confusion is an indirect illustration that the new talents have many unanswered questions about the organizational niche and more importantly, what the organization expects from them. According to her, this is an indication you need to start a mentorship program or reevaluate an already existing program. Since there is no definition of enough mentorship, Sandy Chin points out that each company should create continuous mentorship programs.
Thirdly, Sandy Chin points out that helping the new talents to create contacts with other industry players is important. Connections in the world of investments as well as conventional corporate world are avenues for growth. However, these connections are not automatic, and according to her, it takes a mentor to connect a new talent to a pool of talents. In the years Chin has been in the investment world, she has always connected new talents with her existing connections. When connections are expanded, getting the best replacements is not farfetched.
Fourthly, Sandy Chin points out that introducing work ethics to new talents is one of the greatest gifts any mentor can give a new talent. Ethics according to her helps the new talents to know what types of questions they should ask in meetings and more importantly understand that in the corporate world, all meetings matters. As a mentor, she is fortunate to work with many talents, and she has two approaches to teaching young talents valuable lessons. Finally, Sandy Chin points out that walking with the new talents in everyday corporate operations is important.