Mentoring is mutually beneficial — Mentors often feel privileged to be requested by someone and they often gain more than just the ‘feel good factor’. Mentors get a fresh perspective from working with someone; learning new things, challenging their own ways of working and thinking, and gaining new ideas from the teaching experience.
Don’t think you have to find that one perfect mentor — The world of work is much more dynamic and fast-paced than it used to be and your personal learning needs change rapidly. Having a network of mentors can bring a rich mix of ideas and experience.
You and your mentor set the pace — There is no formal Mentoring Playbook. The key is to establish a mutual agreement of expectations at the start of the relationship, and that includes how long the mentoring relationship will last and how often you’ll have contact. A mentoring relationship can span years or it can be short-term and have a ‘when you need it’ agreement. You might consult your mentor when you have something substantial to work on or it can be an informal relationship, one where you’re comfortable to simply say “I’d love to get your advice on something.”
Mentoring doesn’t always require a face-to-face process — Yes, frequently mentoring is done in person, and certainly there’s no better place than The Network Bar to meet, but we’re in a digital age so mentoring can happen anytime, anywhere.