National Mentoring Day is celebrated on October 27 in the United States and, since 2020, in England. This special day was created to recognize the importance of mentors in our lives – those who inspire, empower and encourage us to reach our goals, even when the journey is difficult. Mentors can help us answer the ultimate question: “Who am I?”.
National Mentoring Day was founded in 2014 by business mentor Chelsea Baker. During his career, he recognized the importance of having a mentor in life to guide and help a person, not just in business, but also in any other area of life. This not only affects the individual, but also society and the economy as a whole.
Since 2020, England has joined the celebration, sponsored by Lord David Young, who believes that mentoring is essential for the development of mankind.
The day is dedicated to exchanging experiences, hosting seminars to promote the benefits of mentoring, and engaging in meaningful conversations in person or online.
Here are five qualities of an ideal mentor:
- They are capable of not just speaking, but also of listening carefully, drawing conclusions, and taking action.
- They know what needs to be done and how to navigate around problems, and are not afraid to speak up about them.
- They are constantly learning and evolving, and are able to help their mentee do the same, first in terms of inner growth and then in terms of the world around them.
- They are able to remain firm and will help their mentee stay on track even when they feel like giving up.
How to take part
If you’re interested in participating in National Mentoring Day, look for events happening in your city and attend them. Bring those who are interested in the topic and discuss your thoughts on the day. Consider finding a personal mentor and setting a goal that you can work towards together!
When is National Mentoring Day celebrated in 2023?
National Mentoring Day is observed on October 27 each year.