I feel unsupported. Can I have a mentor, please?

Something I learned recently: each week, 3-out-of-10 healthcare professionals feel both unsupported by senior management and insufficiently mentored. And I daresay that number would dramatically increase without the “each week” clause. Have you ever felt professionally unsupported or unguided?

Unfortunately we medics and clinical staff are often victims of our own achievements and success. As DJ Khaled so eloquently put it: we’re [DJ Khaled voice] “suffering from success.” For so long we have proven our intellectual capabilities, drive, adaptability and overall competence under high pressure. As a result, we’ve kind of ended up like the students who always get top grades and therefore don’t – or don’t outwardly seem to – warrant the teacher’s attention. What’s worse is that our seniors, stretched beyond imagination themselves, have become accustomed to our seeming self-sufficiency and (often understandably) to direct their energy elsewhere.

So while the resulting “figure it out yourself” ecosystem undoubtedly has some merits, it has significant drawbacks too, most notably the lack of opportunities to build upon our predecessors’ knowledge, both medical and institutional. The best we can do is to watch and try to emulate.

But no two medics, regardless of background or speciality, are the same or have the same career goals. So what happens when the second-hand experiences of your elders seem undesirable? What if you want something different from either hospital medicine or GP-land? What if working in management doesn’t appeal to you? You see, the whole point of mentoring is to impart lessons learned upon successors so that, instead of taking the time to reinvent the proverbial wheel, they may better spend that valuable time pushing the boundaries of their respective fields. In a very real sense, therefore, mentorship is a crucial component of all-important innovation.

Despite feeling very unsupported as a hospital SHO, I was fortunate enough to find a mentor in one of my surgical registrars, who broadened my horizons exponentially. His perspective and veteran guidance didn’t just put me in the game; his career and it’s many lessons were a blueprint, offered for selective emulation or disregard, that alleviated a young medic’s anxieties of a vast and uncertain career ahead. He may not know it, but some of the reading he recommended to me changed my life forever. Today, that career-altering relationship has come full-circle, sparking in me a desire to train and mentor a new generation of aesthetic practitioners. Tear trough tips and business-building methods aside, the core of every course I offer is mentorship. I want my students to leave a training session with more skills and confidence, of course; but more importantly, I want them to feel that they have gained a confidant, someone who is there for them because he once stood where they do now.

Designed to impart a decade of collective wisdom to healthcare professionals who want more autonomy in their medical career.

I want to thank Mr Obi and hope to continue in his tradition of monumental mentorship. So to the medic disillusioned by the NHS grind or the aesthetician struggling to find their place in an increasingly competitive industry: I’ve been there. And while I can’t (and shouldn’t!) promise you every answer, I can promise you won’t be alone, left to just “figure it out.”

That’s my promise as a trainer: expert-level tear trough and business instruction coupled with the guidance needed to take those new skills and flourish.
So if you would like to join the other healthcare and aesthetics professionals currently building their dream careers, click here and discover the support of someone who understands your situation.