There are a growing number of young and aspiring project managers in Nigeria and around the world, and most of them would need some form of guidance and mentoring to achieve success in their careers.
I have mentors myself in project management, entrepreneurship and digital marketing, and my mentors’ list is growing almost on a monthly basis. I have learned a large amount of valuable lessons from each and every one of them and that’s why I want to make it possible and easy for young and aspiring project managers in Nigeria to have access to great mentors who can help guide them through their career journey.
Here are ten other reasons why we need great mentors for the CareerinPM platform:
1. To Share Their Project Management Knowledge and Experience
Project management is wide and can be practised in almost any industry or sector you can think of. We are working towards having at least three highly experienced mentors in project management in each field or industry on the platform. If you are interested in being one of our mentors in a particular industry or sector, we want you to share your wealth of knowledge and experiences in project management and career development with the young and aspiring project managers in Nigeria. We want you to help guide those of them who are interested in starting a career in project management in your own field or industry.
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin
2. To Discover Talents
Most of our young and aspiring project managers have hidden talents or skills – talents or skills they are not so aware of. We need mentors who would help them discover or unearth those potentials, talents or skills, and help them become better project managers.
“Mentoring is to support and encourage people to manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential, develop their skills, improve their performance and become the person they want to be.” – Eric Parsloe, the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring
3. Introduce Them to Your Project Management Associations
Most professional project managers belong to one recognised project management association or the other. These associations are good places for networking and connections. We also want you, our mentors, to introduce them to career paths or business opportunities that they did not know existed before in the world of project management.
One of the defining moments of my life came in the fourth grade, the year I was Mrs. Duncan’s student. What Mrs. Duncan did for me was to help me to not be afraid of being smart. She encouraged me to read, and she often stayed after school to work with me, helping me choose books and letting me help her grade papers. For many years after that, I had one goal that I would one day become a fourth-grade teacher who would win the teacher award–because I was going to be the best teacher anyone had ever seen! – Oprah Winfrey, The Oprah Winfrey Show
4. To Speak at Our Events and Workshops
CareerinPM is working towards organising various workshops and events that would help create more awareness, promote and advance the best practices of project management, and help raise more project leaders in Nigeria. Mentors would be selected to speak at various workshops and events.
We have created several industry groups in our Facebook Workplace. Each mentor or mentee would be added to the group where they are interested or have mostly practised project management. For example, if you are a mentor who has mostly managed construction or IT projects, you would be added to the construction or IT group, respectively. If you are also a mentee who’s interested in the pursuing a career in the construction and IT sector, you would be added to both groups. You can post your questions on the group wall and the mentors would reply you at their own convenient time or chat privately with you privately.
If you are interested in becoming one of our mentors, click here to fill our online form. Some of our mentors would also be contacted to know if they are interested in being part of our career consulting team. They would be paid on a pay-per-consulting basis.