By Eduardo Alonso, Career and Industry Specialist, ASU’s Career and Professional Development Services
Chances are that throughout your education you’ve had questions or concerns regarding your future as a professional. Think about some of the questions you’ve had; how did the question come up? What stage of your education where you in? What kind of help would have been most beneficial? And most importantly, how did you get your questions answered?
Regardless of your major or career interest, everyone could use the guidance of a mentor to answer questions and ease concerns. There are no guidelines or requirements to become a mentor to someone. People have the ability to choose their mentors based on the type of advice they are seeking. If you are a new professional, it’s a good time to consider becoming a mentor to fellow Sun Devils.
Here are some things to consider if you are ready to mentor someone:
No one is perfect
In your role as a mentor, it is important that you are aware and accepting of the fact that your mentee may ask questions you can’t answer right away. Becoming a mentor and being knowledgeable in one or more areas takes time. As you mature in your professional career you will be more comfortable with a wider range of conversations.
It goes both ways
Keep an open mind throughout the process. The mentor/mentee relationship is not only beneficial for the mentee; it can also be a learning experience for the mentor. Mentoring is a great opportunity for you to grow as a professional and build your network with individuals who will potentially bring innovative ideas into your field.
Let them make their own decision
Being a mentor does not mean you should feel pressured or obligated to make someone else’s decisions. You should always take a neutral approach to assist with decision-making. It’s best to ask your mentee questions to help them decide for themselves what path they want to follow rather the path they are expected to follow.
If you’re ready to give mentoring a try, please visit the ASU Mentor Network to get started!