One of the ways a mature age employee can continue to be engaged is through mentoring or coaching. Having significant acquired knowledge and experience are benefits of being a mature age employee. These in turn can be shared with younger and/or less experienced staff.
Benefits of mentoring include:
- making a difference; doing something meaningful
- assisting a younger person improve specific skills or develop in their career
- challenges you to stay at the top of your game
- is likely to inspire fresh ideas and help you stay cognitively challenged
- enables your team and the university to progress at a faster pace with greater productivity
Reciprocal mentoring may also be attractive and a way for mature age employees to both give and receive appropriate career development. It involves a knowledge exchange between the two parties. For example, many ‘Baby Boomer’ staff can guide the ‘Millennials” with their professional and management experience while perhaps learning from this younger tech savvy generation.
Information and courses are available for staff to develop their mentoring and coaching skills at:
Mentoring and coaching workshops and resources
Developing successful mentoring practice
Youth mentoring, business mentoring, coaching and tutoring outside of work are additional ways to stay engaged, keep your skills up-to-date as well as to give back to the community. See more at Outside the University