In this course, we talk about the power of mentoring, and specifically, your role as a mentee. We talk about finding a mentor that is right for you, and asking that person for a mentor relationship. We talk about how to optimize your meetings and communication with the mentor, and how to end the formal mentoring relationship. Implementing ideas from this course should enrich your relationship and productivity with your mentor.
Jason Alba is founder of JibberJobber.com, an online relationship manager for professionals to manage their career and job search. Jason is the author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? and coauthor of I’m on Facebook – Now What??? and specializes in helping professionals with career management, network, and personal branding.
Finding a Mentor and Starting the Mentor Relationship Welcome to the course on how to get more out of mentoring as a mentee. This course is for the person who is at a point in their career where they realize that getting help from others can help them overcome situations that they just can't get passed on their own. This might be you. Perhaps you feel like you have a stalled career or maybe you're just bored and think you want a change in your career. You might feel like you're in a lonely personal place and it's impacting your goals or your happiness. You need someone, a mentor, to guide you through some decisions you need to make. Maybe you could use help from someone who has a better network than you do. In this first module, we'll talk about things you can do to get this process started, but first let's begin with a quote. This quote says, "In a world where seemingly every piece of information can be Googled, there's still some knowledge that can only be gained through experience. " We'll gain a lot of knowledge through our own experience. In this course we're going to talk about how you can gain knowledge through someone else's experience. Let's get started.
Optimize Meetings and Communication with Your Mentor Now that you have your mentor and you've both agreed to this mentoring relationship, let's talk about things that we can do in the meetings and between meetings to have a great relationship and really move forward.
Wrapping up Your Mentoring Relationship and Moving Forward Of course, there comes a point in every mentoring relationship where things change. Let's assume you've had a good long run, you've grown a lot, you've learned a lot, but now it's time to wrap up the relationship and move to something else. Hopefully it's been a great relationship and you're ending in a way that you had planned to end. Let's talk about how to wrap the relationship up, and how to move forward. I'll also share ideas about what to do if the relationship ends on a bad note.