From Dumbledore to Yoda, mentors are a part of our culture. So much so that they are some of the best-known film and television characters. They are responsible for guiding the hero through their journey or putting them on a path of self-discovery. One might find themselves wondering, do I have a mentor in my life? Who would I consider a mentor? What is a mentor?
Typically speaking a mentor relationship is voluntary on both sides but can occasionally result from a relationship between a manager and their team. The idea behind the concept of mentoring is somewhat charitable with the more successful, senior member of the duo passing on information they have learned to someone who will benefit from their experience. Likewise, a mentee has the opportunity to collaborate with the mentor and contribute a different perspective.
Mentoring is more than just giving advice to someone. It is about motivating and empowering the mentee to be able to identify and achieve their own goals. As a mentee, you can hope to change and achieve your goals more quickly and effectively than working alone. Additionally, you will gain access to a broader network, which can benefit yourself and others.
It is essentially a chain of passing on information and best practices. This allows the benefits to be more widely spread. It’s about sharing knowledge, skills and life experience. So become a Luke Skywalker today and sign up.
To participate in CACC’s Mentoring Pilot Program, powered by Thread, please email your expression of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org – please state in subject line if you are a Mentor or Mentee.