It’s ‘Ment’ to Be: 4 Steps to Mentorship

  • “a person who not only knows all, but who I would burden with my lack of knowledge”.
  • “an individual who felt bad that I knew so little that they agreed to mentor me”.
  • “a person who could be spending their time on literally anything else and that ‘anything else’ would be way more fun than chatting with me”.
  1. You’re not overreacting and your feelings are valid.
  2. Mentors often also feel the pressure of being ✨ awesome ✨ and knowing all things so that they can provide a good experience for you. The sooner you both admit knowing all things is impossible and that you can learn and grow together, the better.
  3. Mentors are not mentoring to tell you exact next steps. A good mentor will help you lay out next steps based on the options on the table, yes. But a great mentor will first share experiences similar to your situation in case it’s helpful to you without telling you exactly what to do with your life.
  4. Lastly, and most importantly, that person would not offer to mentor you unless they believed in you. And you may not want to hear this, but the mentorship won’t work out unless you believe in yourself, too.
  1. Identify What’s Missing
  • Goals of the mentorship
  • Length of the mentorship
  • Frequency of meetings
  • Expectations of each other
  1. The mentee succeeded in reaching their goals.
  2. The mentorship kickstarted a lifelong professional connection.
  3. The pair could see themselves as friends.

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