How to choose a mentor?

Nov 3, 2009 | |

If you don’t have a choice just go with anyone who is ready to help you.

If you have and to make the most of your time, here are some of the things you might want to consider:

  • Make sure your mentor understands why you are looking for mentoring
  • Be very clear on what you would like to get out of the experience
  • Make sure the timings work for both of you
  • Be prepared and get clear instructions on what you are supposed to get done and how to get it done.
  • Discuss the plan and how your mentoring is help you make sure this includes what you are lagging behind in.
  • Listen to them, however if you don’t agree with something, clarify it and bring in your input.
  • Treasure the experience and learn as much as you can

To read more about why mentors are very important in your life, click here

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Josh said...

Great points Soma. I will add that a good mentor shouldn't make it too easy on you.

I had a teacher once who I thought was really terrible at first. He gave a few examples and talked about some of the concepts, and then had us go create a project plan from scratch. Whenever we asked questions, he'd usually respond with "what do you think you should do there?"

For the first few weeks, it was really frustrating for me. Then I just did it. Through that process, something changed and I really started to intuitively grasp the exercise.

So, you want a mentor that provides plenty of encouragement and examples, but not one that spoon-feeds you the assignments. It shouldn't be easy.

Josh Nankivel
pmStudent e-Learning