Mentoring Young People in the Workplace – Yes

Mentoring teens in the workplace can definitely help to build all the characteristics needed to succeed in business, as well as having a positive impact on the quality of their life. Reaching out sooner, rather than later is always in the best interest of any young person’s growth. The earlier in life you can spark an interest that could lead to positive motivation the better off not only is the young person, but for society as a whole.

Habits are formed early on in the development of anyone and if we can instill good habits before bad habits are formed, it is a win, win situation for everyone. I have read, and agree with the statement, that the only way to break a habit is to replace it with another habit. If this statement is true then isn’t it better to start teaching good habits earlier, or later?

For a young person one of the most difficult situations in life can be peer pressure. They want to fit in somewhere, anywhere, so they feel they have a purpose. It is a human instinct instilled in our DNA. The need for acceptance from other individuals has a definite impact on us emotionally and psychologically. Young people are like sponges, they will soak up whatever they are exposed to.

Early in life is when young people develop habits that will be with them all the days of their lives. It is harder on the majority of the population after forming bad habits to UN-do said habits. Habits are what we would refer to as second nature, the way a person is conditioned to respond in similar situations. The brain is like a large filing cabinet that holds bits and pieces of all our experiences. When faced with a situation that is like one we have experienced before our brain takes over to show us how we were able to deal with a problem in the past. Thus triggering a like response on a subconscious level to deal with the new situation, is this always the best course of action? I would argue that it is not. No two situations are exactly the same. While they may look on the surface as the same, each one has its own set of circumstances and thus should be dealt with in a different manner.

As far as being a mentor to young people in business I think it is a great thing. Young persons really want to fit in, feel as if they are needed, and most importantly those that have a positive influence on the outcome of any business decision instills a sense of accomplishment. By teaching that they have something constructive to contribute, you are helping to shape a young mind in a positive way. If you can get a young person feeling as if they have something worthwhile to contribute, the better they feel about themselves, therefore, making a positive impact on the rest of their lives.

Every one of us, regardless of background, heritage, race, or environment, has been influenced by some older person in our lives. The question now remains are positive, or negative, influences better in the long run for that young person?

Positive influences by nature have to be more productive than their negative counterparts. So yes mentoring young persons in business can and does go a long way in helping that person feel as if they can make a difference, making it more likely that it can only do more good than bad for that young person. I think we should have a mandatory mentoring program for any young person that shows a propensity towards a specific area in business, or any area for that matter. We owe it to them, ourselves, and society as a whole, to do our best, to bring out the feeling of being needed to any and all young people in this Country. After all the youth of this or any Country, is our future. Time has shown us that investing in the future is always in the best interest of society as a whole.

Therefore I submit to you that mentoring any young person in a positive business environment is better for not only that young person, but for future business as a whole. It is our duty and responsibility to show these younger people that being part of a team, contributing to society, is far batter than being left behind to figure it out for themselves.