Opinion article original published by Australian Ageing Agenda


What happens when you are adamant you have crashed your career? When you are convinced your vocation is vaporised and your mind is in freefall, where can you go?


I remember being rattled a few years ago. I’d made a mistake in a previous role. In the moment, it seemed large and career-ending. At the time, I felt like I would never recover and my confidence was shattered.


I quickly discovered I had the tools, strategies and people who believed in me. In fact, I had everything I needed to rebuild my conviction and set myself up for success.


Re-discovering my confidence and creating space to reflect – instead of wallowing in worry – happened because I reached out to a mentor. We talked about the situation and she listened to my experience and helped me see that this was but one moment in time.


Now upon reflection, I know it wasn’t as bad as it appeared. The truth is, it was a mild bump that opened my eyes to new ways of supporting and relating to others.


Since then, I’ve mentored many emerging industry leaders. Helping them learn from my own mistakes (without going through it themselves) and celebrating their amazing achievements. Being a mentor has been eye-opening.


It has helped me reflect on my own leadership skills – making me realise there are strategies I can implement and share to help ensure we are maintaining mental health and sustaining professional resilience.


Mentoring allows you to listen actively to the challenges people are experiencing and assist others in finding the support they require, not just what I think they need.


Click to the Australian Ageing Agenda article to read strategies for cultivating a great mentoring culture around you.



Samantha Bowen is Principal Advisor Next Gen and Principal Advisor LASA Mentoring Program