Join Ellen Ensher for an in-depth discussion in this video Next steps, part of Being a Good Mentee.
- I have three final ideas to help you in your mentoring journey. First, in addition to cultivating a network of mentors for yourself, start being a mentor for other people now. You are never too young or old to do this. For example, my middle schooler son mentors a fifth grader, who in turn, mentors a kindergartner. The best way we learn something is to teach others. So, if you serve as a mentor, I promise you will learn a lot about how to be a successful mentee.
Second, be sure to express your gratitude to your mentors often. Make your expression of gratitude personal and authentic. For example, recently, I had a protege give me a book about Finland, as she knew I was heading there on a grant. I think most people also really appreciate a public acknowledgement of their effort such as an endorsement on Linkedin. Finally, develop a team of mentors, not just for your professional life but for your personal life too.
The only guarantee in life is that there will be constant change and upheaval. Life will continue to hand us challenges, force us to take on new identities, learn new skills and require us to make important decisions, both professionally and personally. Our personal and professional selves make up our whole selves. Knowing how to connect with mentors when you're required to learn a new set of skills, whether professional or personal, will help you navigate through your challenges more easily and gracefully.
To keep learning about mentoring, you are welcome to visit my website, ellenensher.com, where I have a Tedx talk, blog post, a link to my book and academic articles. There are lots of resources to help you continue to learn about mentoring. I'm grateful to you for watching and I wish you the best of luck in your mentoring journey.