Updated: Aug 15, 2019
In Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll famously wrote; "If you don't know where you're going, any road will get you there". That sentiment rings often rings true both personally and professionally. Within our chosen industry, there are a lot of roads to navigate during the course of your career.
The PGA has 24 distinct career classifications, beginning with multiple green-grass based classifications that can be held at any number of different facility types including public, private, resort, semi-private, municipal, university, ranges, academies, and retail locations; not to mention classifications that cover Associations, Manufacturers, Management Companies, Designers, Superintendents, Coaches, Rules Officials and more. Figuring out exactly how many different paths there are for a PGA Professional is like an ACT exam question.
So, with all of the options in front of you, how could you possibly decide which road to take? How about being intentional about spending time with some people who have navigated those roads, learned the hard lessons, succeeded, failed, learned and persevered? A mentor can be a critical part of your career and professional development.
Mentoring is a one to one relationship between two trusted parties that can bear many of the following benefits;
Career guidance and the perspective gained by experience.
Critical feedback in major areas like leadership, social relationships and interpersonal skills.
Identifying and imparting the professional skills required to be successful.
Building your professional network.
Understanding organizational culture and learning adaptability
Personal growth and development.
17 years ago, when I decided to commit to the golf industry as my chosen career, I had no idea my road would lead to where I am now. It is thanks to the support, friendship, and guidance of a few carefully chosen mentors like PGA Professionals Eric Jensen and Perry Holmes that I was able to identify my passion for helping others. While I didn't know what my destination would look like, or how that passion would materialize, it was those who I trusted and leaned on who helped shepherd me to this point. It will be those same mentors who I will lean on again when the time comes to take the next turn in the road.
If you are interested in finding a mentor but don't know where to begin, contact me so we can talk about your career goals, and I will help identify fellow PGA Professionals who can help you along the way. If you are a seasoned PGA Professional and would like to give back and help guide the next generation, contact me and I will connect you with Members who seek your wisdom and knowledge. We are better together.