Having a mentor is not a sign of weakness; it shows you are smart enough and are driven enough to succeed.
Here are ten other reasons why you need someone like a mentor:
- Mentors provide information and knowledge
- Mentors can see where we need to improve where we often cannot.
- Mentors find ways to stimulate our personal and professional growth.
- Mentors offer encouragement and help keep us going.
- Mentors are disciplinarians that create necessary boundaries that we cannot set for ourselves
- Mentors are sounding boards so we can bounce ideas off them for an unfiltered opinion.
- Mentors are trusted advisers.
- Mentors can be connectors.
- Mentors have the experiences you can learn from to prevent making the same mistakes beginners make.
- Mentors are free, which makes them priceless in more ways than one.
1. What is the purpose of being a mentee?
The purpose of being a mentee is to gain knowledge and skills, both professional and personal development, through sharing information and experience with a senior industry professional who has followed a similar career path.
2. What kind of mentor will I have?
Our mentors are from a wide range of industries with experience in their chosen fields. You can choose a mentor to apply for, based on mentors’ profiles, as well as your personal interests.
3. What help can my mentor provide?
A mentor can provide you with guidance and advice on questions or specific circumstances you have encountered in your career path, and life. However, there should be no expectation that any internships or employment opportunities will result from the relationship.
4. Do mentors and mentees need to be in the same city?
Not necessarily. If you are not based in the same city, you can contact one another by phone, email or video call at your convenience.
5. How will I communicate with my mentor?
After being matched to your preferred mentor, OSG will assist you with the first appointment. You will then have to make and keep your own appointments with your Mentor after this first appointment. Since mentors and mentees may not be in the same city, you can contact your mentor by phone, email, or video call at your convenience.
6. How often can I contact my mentor?
We do expect all mentors to be able to commit to at least 1 hour of contact time per month with each mentee. However, many mentors find this amount of time is not sufficient and you can, therefore, extend this after consulting with your mentor.
7. Can I continue my relationship with my mentor after the program concludes?
After the conclusion of the Mentor Program, mentors and mentees can continue their relationship, based on mutual agreement.