Ep149: Coaching vs Mentoring: Which is best for you?

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In this episode, Mei Phing discusses the differences between coaching, mentoring, and training in the context of career development, and how all three can tie in together to help you fast-track your success in the corporate world.



00:00 πŸ’‘ Career development and the different options available, such as coaching, mentoring, and training.

01:04 πŸ’‘ The speaker explains their role as a career coach and how they combine coaching, mentoring, and training to help their clients improve their careers.

02:01 πŸ’‘ The definition of coaching is discussed, emphasizing that it is a short-term process focused on achieving specific career goals.

03:40 πŸ’‘ Mentoring is explained as a long-term approach, where someone with experience guides and teaches others in their career journey.

05:26 πŸ’‘ Training is described as the foundation for building knowledge and skills, with coaching and mentoring being more personalized and specific to individual goals.

06:52 πŸ’‘ The importance of finding a training program taught by someone who has achieved what you want to achieve is highlighted.

08:27 πŸ’‘ The recommended sequence for career development is presented: training, mentoring, and then coaching.


Key Insights

πŸ’‘ Coaching is beneficial for short-term goals and provides new strategies, perspectives, and accountability. It works best when there is a clear goal in mind.

πŸ’‘ Mentoring is valuable for those who feel stuck or unsure about their career. Mentors have already achieved what they teach and provide guidance and advice based on their experience.

πŸ’‘ Training provides a foundation of knowledge and skills, but it’s important to choose a program taught by someone who has achieved what you want to achieve.

πŸ’‘ The recommended sequence for career development is training, mentoring, and coaching. Training provides the foundation, mentoring offers guidance and insights, and coaching provides personalized guidance for specific goals.

πŸ’‘ It’s important to view career development as a journey and not look for shortcuts or magic hacks. Progress is made through continuous learning and effort.

πŸ’‘ Group mentoring calls can be a valuable peer learning experience, allowing students to learn from each other’s experiences and gain insights from the mentor.

πŸ’‘ Accountability and reflection are important aspects of career development, and regular mentoring sessions can provide opportunities for both.



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