Where/when can I mentor?

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Where to mentor

Mentorship can occur anywhere. It can be in your ...
  • organization/company
  • team
  • local communities
  • online
You can think of it as an onion, peeling back different layers:
  • self > team > department > organization > industry
  • it can take place in physical locations
  • can happen online/remotely

Finding mentees

I go to them

You're the one taking the first step and initiative. Sometimes, people want to reach out, but feel uncomfortable/shy. Or they don't want to inconvenience. Similarly, they may not know who is willing to share.
Taking the initiative, you can mentor at:
  • schools
  • meetups
  • conferences
  • hackathons
  • internal events
  • organizations
More details coming soon.

They come to me

You can be a like a lighthouse, signaling to others, "Hi, I'm here, feel free to reach out!"
For example:
  • posting a welcoming message (with what type of info to ask), on your
    • social media, Twitter pinned tweet/bio
    • LinkedIn summary
    • personal site/blog
For those with large followings, there are ways to manage with filters, email aliases, and more. More details to come.

Organizations and initiatives to get in involved with

See Mentorship Programs for more details

Action steps

  • Coming soon ...

When to mentor

We have families, friends, hobbies, and other responsibilities. How do you fit mentorship in too?
It doesn’t have to be time consuming.
  • It can be an hour a month
  • 10 minutes over a span of many months
Be mindful of when you can help, and then do it. Stay flexible and adaptable as your schedule changes.


The email
I enjoy business, product, data, psychology, tech and people. Awhile back, I reached out to an alumnus for career advice. He’s a busy individual, a co founder of a SaaS company. He replied with a lengthy email. There were follow-up questions, his opinions, and assumptions, and insights from his experience.
We never had a phone call. Or met in person. But that email exchange had an impact.
Time is not equal. I estimate that it took him about an hour to write that email. But at the same time, it easily saved me a few weeks worth of mine.

Action steps

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