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

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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.

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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.

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Examples

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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