Maximize mentorship opportunities by understanding the roles, expectations, and ways you can nurture and add value to the relationship—whether you're a mentee or mentor.
- I remember back when I had just graduated from college and landed a three month internship in Washington, DC. I spent the entire summer networking my way to a dream job, serving as a state director on behalf of the newly elected White House administration. A big part of how I made the leap from intern to state director, it all had to do with mentors. Mentors helped encourage me. They opened doors for me, and they coached me through advocating for myself. But back then I felt this huge power imbalance when it came to reaching out and connecting with potential mentors. I was nervous, and almost apologetic in my appeal. I felt like I was just begging for their time and attention, hoping they would take pity on me and spare their time benevolently to support me. Little did I realize, mentorship is hugely beneficial to both parties. Now you might be thinking, well what does a mentor have to gain? Researchers found that employees who act as mentors not only report greater job satisfaction and are more committed to their organizations, but they even experience greater career success themselves. I'm Emilie Aries, a speaker, author and career consultant. Nowadays I'm proud to serve as both a mentor, and a mentee. And in this LinkedIn Learning course I'll answer your biggest questions around mentorship so that you can extend a hand and lift others up as you too continue to climb in your career.