What Can a Mentor Do?


I recently posted: How to Be a More Effective Mentor. That post generated a lot of interest, so I want to add more thoughts on mentoring.

What can a mentor do? Historically a mentor had many roles and functions including:

• Teaching and training,

• Giving career guidance,

• Being available to answer the really stupid questions,

• Explaining unwritten firm politics,

• Helping get quality work assignments,

• Providing opportunities to observe the mentor or others,

• Observing and providing feedback,

• Helping the mentee market herself internally and position herself to get raises, bonuses and promotion.

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