When you think of the word “mentorship,” what does it mean to you? Do you think of a college professor? A manager? A close friend or colleague? Mentorship is invaluable — both for the mentee and the mentor. Here at Trilix, we understand it’s one of the key factors in driving our success and the success of others in our field. Many Trilix employees have had a mentor who has helped them achieve more and guide them to where they are now.
“Having mentorship in any stage of your life is extremely valuable,” said Trilix Communications Director Abby Bottenfield. “I’ve had a number of mentors throughout my life — some family, some friends, some colleagues. A few of whom even pointed me in the direction to my current career path in public relations.”
Sometimes these mentors come to us when we’re least expecting it; we may not even know it’s happening when it’s happening.
Mentoring doesn’t need to be something that’s formalized. It’s something that happens in the moment at any time — you see a place where you can contribute, and you do it.
“A mentor isn’t usually a person who signs up for the role, but is often someone who is willing to lend a helping hand when needed,” Trilix Digital Communications Manager Kramer McLuckie pointed out. “Mentoring doesn’t need to be something that’s formalized. It’s something that happens in the moment at any time — you see a place where you can contribute, and you do it.”
Mentoring can be valuable at any stage in your career. Experienced employees sharing their expertise and guidance with less-experienced coworkers is a critical part of any modern workplace. Our tenured employees at Trilix assist their teams by educating new employees on workplace processes and sharing past experiences to help them grow into their roles. Many of these individuals aren’t just sharing their knowledge with team members; they also mentor students.
College students and recent grads find mentorship opportunities with many of our employees. Before the pandemic, Trilix employees welcomed students to job shadow, come in for a tour and conversation and offered advice on resumes and interview tips. While the pandemic has changed the way these interactions are taking place, we’re still available to these students to offer our guidance and advice in the marketing and PR realm.
Mentorship can help you get to where you want to be, even if you hadn’t considered the path that gets you there.
“Now that I’ve reached a point in my career where I’ve developed a level of expertise in my field, I enjoy helping others find their path. Whether they’re preparing for their first interview or debating what area of marketing they want to pursue, I can share my life experiences with them and hope they help in some way or another,” Abby shared. “Mentorship can help you get to where you want to be, even if you hadn’t considered the path that gets you there.”
Clients also rely on Trilix team members to provide mentorship and guidance on marketing and public relations.
Director of Client Service Jon Miller believes mentorship is of critical importance because our clients rely on Trilix for judgment and expertise.
“Leadership traits take time to develop,” Jon explained. “And it’s important to ensure our team has the resources necessary to be their best. It’s not only the right thing to do for employees, but also what clients, who expect the highest level of proficiency, deserve.”
So, what makes a good mentor? Trilix Account Manager and Team Lead Alex Rich believes that a good mentor is someone who makes others feel encouraged and inspired.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said and forget what you do, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel.
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said and forget what you do, but they’ll never forget how you made them feel. Those daily interactions are what I look forward to,” said Alex.
Mentorship is an ongoing process, and the best leaders often had excellent mentors of their own. Process education and leadership has no age limit. At Trilix, we understand that making a difference in someone’s life requires consistent and ongoing relationship building.
“When people adopt that kind of unselfish attitude, everyone on a team is both a mentor and a mentee in different aspects of work and life,” Kramer noted. “I think that’s what creates a deep sense of shared purpose and what drives organizations forward.”
Trilix takes great pride in our team of mentors, knowing that their expertise and attitude helps develop new leaders who will lead others in their industry and benefit our clients. And we know we wouldn’t have this opportunity to mentor others without first having mentors ourselves. Thanks to all those who have mentored us along the way!