Guidance from someone who has been where you want to go.
Real-world experience is a great teacher, but learning by trial and error can take a long time. A mentor can help shorten the learning curve by sharing their own life experiences of success and errors.
Benefits of being in a mentoring relationship:
- Learn new things about yourself: The self-reflection that results from a mentoring relationship can be a powerful growth experience and provide you with new insights about yourself.
- Make more of your strengths and exploit your hidden talents: A good mentoring relationship will push you to do more with your strengths, and help you discover and utilize hidden talents.
- Expand your network: A mentoring program expands the networks or both mentors and mentees (someone who is being mentored).
- A source of referrals: Mentors can help brainstorm other connections to pursue based on the mentee’s needs, abilities, and goals. Sometimes this can go both ways!
- Professional growth: Mentoring and being mentored can help with long-term planning and direction as well as clarifying career goals.
Ways to be involved
- Sign Up As A Mentor – Do you have industry, career, or self-development experience that could help someone who is just starting out?
- Sign Up As a Mentee – Are you interested in learning from someone who has experience of an industry, career, or life-path that you want to explore?
- Sign Up As Both! If you are someone who has something to learn as well as something to teach, you can find mentors and mentees by signing up.
- One-to-one mentoring
Mentoring can be a long or short relationship. It can be a meeting over a cup of coffee, or a life-long connection. And everything in between. Mentors and mentees set their own pace, and work on a shared goal.
- Flash mentoring
Flash mentoring is more like guest lecturing a small group of people who are all interested in a particular topic. It is usually a short-term relationship that can cover one or more meetings or topics.
You can become a part of the UAS Sitka Campus Mentorship program by registering at tinyurl.com/UASMentoring