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The Mentor/Mentee Connection
2015, Q1 (November 11, 2014)
By David Dilts, Chapter Member

Mentoring is helping each other
Mentoring is helping each other
Can you think of a mentor who has helped you in your professional career? Can you remember the suggestions they shared with you and how much it helped in your job? Most of us can remember several key individuals who helped guide us in our job requirements and career aspirations. We fondly remember the patient co-worker showing us how to better understand a software application, or a peer in our department explaining how to manage a documentation project, an engineer offering technical training so we understood our company’s products better, and so on.

Have you ever considered being a mentor? If so, there are many opportunities through the STC Carolina Chapter where you can share the wisdom and knowledge you have gained over the years with a colleague, a graduate student, etc. There are several components necessary to be an effective mentor. A few key points include the following:
  • Shared Partnership – is a partnership between the mentor and mentee. This can be a short-term or long-term professional relationship depending on the career services offered by the mentor and the needs required by the mentee. Prospective mentors and mentees can access the STC Carolina mentoring website at http://mentoring.stc-carolina.org.
    Be sure to click the Mentoring Database link on the home page to see the wide range of professional STC Carolina mentors and read about their experience and industry specialties. Read the About Mentoring section's list of ideas to generate an initial starting point about what you can do as a mentor or mentee. The ideas can help you and your partner start the communication process.
  • Embolden and Empower – where the mentor encourages the mentee to attain his or her goals by being a supporter to attain a specific goal. Mentors usually have years of professional experience and can suggest and offer resources to mentees that otherwise might not be available. Usually, a mentor has a network of colleagues that can provide additional support and commentary.
  • Identifying Critical Success Factors and Possible Barriers – is a joint exercise between mentee and mentor. Together, each must make an honest assessment of the areas that are crucial for success and the barriers they see obstructing or limiting a mentee’s career goals.
  • Instruction and Plan – is determining the areas where the mentee needs help and support. The mentor takes this information and develops a plan to provide instruction and coaching. The next step is for the mentor to offer suggestions on the best methods the mentee can use to integrate in the short-term and move towards achieving their goals going forward.

There’s never been a better time to “pay it forward” than now as a supporter of STC Carolina. Think for a few moments about your specific skills and professional experience. Surely, there is someone within or outside of the STC Carolina network that can benefit from your valuable work experience. Think of it as possibly adding another title or professional skill to your resume. Will you consider signing up to mentor someone today?

Click the Become a Mentor or Find a Mentor button. If you click Become a Mentor, please create an account as directed and follow the prompts. If you click Find a Mentor, please follow the prompts to search for a mentor based on your professional interests.

Good luck!

David Dilts can be reached at david dot dilts at sas dot com. End of article.

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