5 Things You Can Learn From a Professional Mentor
April 28, 2020
When you take on a new professional opportunity, it’s helpful to have a professional mentor who is rooting for you to succeed and can serve as a guide. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, new agents are automatically paired with a mentor — our agency managers. Discover what you can learn from a professional mentor, like an agency manager, and how a mentor can help your career.
5 Things You Can Learn From a Professional Mentor
1. How to Get Off to a Good Start
There’s always a lot to learn when you join a new industry. Your professional mentor, being experienced in the industry, will be able to offer advice to help you hit the ground running. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, when you become an insurance agent, your agency manager will help you transition into your new role by offering advice on how to use the information you’ve been given and serve as your support system when you have questions.
2. How to Grow Your Skills
Professional mentors are with you every step of the way to help you succeed. Even after you’ve been in the industry for a few years, your mentor can help you get to the next level. Whether you want to become a leader at the company or manage your own team, your mentor can point out the steps you need to take to get there.
Agency managers will be at each client meeting when you’re getting started to help while you learn the necessary leadership skills and gain experience. As you become more comfortable, you can start to meet with clients independently and take on more responsibility.
3. How to Improve
Your professional mentor knows the areas you can work on to continue to advance professionally. From communication to public speaking, they offer an honest opinion you can trust when you’re looking for areas in which you can improve. At Farm Bureau Financial Services, this is how our agency managers help new agents grow their businesses. They customize their approach to each new agent and work to help them become successful Farm Bureau agents with a wide variety of skills.
4. The Latest Industry Trends
Your professional mentor will help you stay current with the latest trends in your industry. Part of a professional mentor’s job is to stay in-the-know and provide an inside perspective about challenges you may face. Agency managers’ knowledge of the insurance industry is a valuable tool for new agents to tap into.
5. How to Succeed
The main goal of a professional mentor is to help you get to the next level. After all, they were in your shoes as an industry fledgling at one point. They’ll provide you with the encouragement, advice and resources you need to build a strong profession. They can also help you make connections in the community and within your organization.
At Farm Bureau, not only will you have access to an agency manager who acts as a professional mentor, but you’ll have a whole support system you can count on. We offer marketing support and additional education and training to keep our insurance agents at the top of their game.
How to Choose a Professional Mentor
When selecting a professional mentor, it’s important to have a clear idea of what you hope to gain from the relationship. Before getting started, set goals for your business and decide what you want to achieve in the near future. A mentor who has accomplished these or similar aspirations are a perfect fit because they can relate to your situation and pass along lessons they’ve learned from their experiences.
From the beginning, both you and your professional mentor should be upfront about what you expect. If you need someone who’s hands-on versus laid back, be clear about your preference. As a Farm Bureau insurance agent, your agency manager will be someone you can meet with regularly to discuss company updates and industry news, and they’ll be there to help you through new or challenging situations.
Building a Strong Relationship With Your Professional Mentor
It’s important to stay in touch with your mentor on a regular basis. Schedule meetings to go over your latest questions or accomplishments. Listen carefully to their advice when you’re together so you can apply their suggestions later and increase your skills.
Like any relationship, a mentorship is a two-way street. Think about your current skill set and what you could offer your professional mentor to make your mentorship team better. They’ll appreciate your dedication and extra effort, too.
Enhance Your Skills and Build Your Business at Farm Bureau
Jump into a new professional opportunity with a mentor and a team that supports you as a Farm Bureau agent! Our Agent Development Program will help you get started on the right foot.
We offer a $5,000 sign-on bonus for agents that earn their Series 6 and 63 licenses during the program or already have their Series 6 and 63 when they contract with our team. Join the Farm Bureau team, and click “Get Started” today!