Being a mentee reaps the best results. Now that you are perched on that ambitious dream job, did you ever wonder about the many mentors during the years of climbing the corporate ladder? Hopping from one job to another would have been a real disaster if mentors were not cheering you on at every stage of the journey! Now that you have reached a comfortable and enriched space in your career, maybe it is time to share some of those experiences and expertise with the many fresh minds straight out of your alma mater, who could be the possible future CEOs, CTOs, HODs, etc. With Alumni Alliances, your wish to find your mentee in an enthusiastic learning mind CAN be made possible! Alumni Alliances provides an incredible opportunity for you to share that valuable know-how with the alumni and students from your alma mater.
Through the guidance of many mentors, you may have gained vast knowledge as per the below 6 broad areas. These are the areas that you can draw your mentees’ attention to.
- The do’s and don’ts of the relevant industry.
- Best practices and, tips and tricks.
- Interview processes, meeting protocols, interaction with team members and working effectively.
- Learning tips on how to grow your startups, raise capital, network and connect, and conduct events.
- Getting efficient output from your staff and avoiding procrastination.
- Becoming an excellent team member as well as establishing one’s distinct identity, etc.
One must also learn the characteristics of a good mentor before mentoring someone. An online article  credits the following 8 elements as the qualities of a good mentor.
- Willingness to share skills, knowledge, and expertise.
- Demonstrates a positive attitude and acts as a positive role model.
- Takes a personal interest in the mentoring relationship.
- Exhibits enthusiasm in the field.
- Values the ongoing learning and growth in the field.
- Provides guidance and constructive feedback.
- Respected by colleagues and employees at all levels of the organization.
- Sets and meets ongoing personal and professional goals.
Being a member of Alumni Alliances, you can share your valuable experiences with the juniors of your alma mater. Having said that, one should also keep in mind that mentorship cannot be confined to the boundaries of age and position. Today, many CEOs, team leaders, skilled professionals, and entrepreneurs also need guidance while switching to a different career path, making their startups consistent with the ever-changing technological world, trying out other different ways of finding funds rather than the traditional means such as banks, etc. Sometimes a CEO of a company could fall into the trap of ‘not learning consistently’ and face problems that are outside his or her comfort zone or area of expertise. He or she can get in touch with fellow juniors from your alma mater who can help them out.
So anybody in the Alumni Alliances community can become a mentor and share knowledge with other members of the community. Since learners can be of any age, so can be teachers! With Alumni Alliances, only 1 post is needed to notify various mentees of your interest in mentoring.
The following is the step-by-step procedure to add a post to ‘Connect with Mentees’ on Alumni Alliances.
- First, log in to Alumni Alliances or if you haven’t joined already, then sign up!
- Then go to your dashboard and add a post with the type ‘Connect with Mentees’. The below form would pop up.
- Fill in the one-liner that is a catchy sentence on what you would like to mentor on. Next, give more details regarding the subjects or areas that you can provide mentorship on. Post that, fill out the industry detail that your mentorship area falls under. Usually, this is auto-populated as per the industry that you had chosen earlier during sign up but this could be changed at any time. Then enter the location of where you would wish to mentor. You can add as many locations as you prefer.
- After filling out the details, you can just hit POST!
Once you have posted your requirement to ‘Connect with Mentees’, the post is immediately displayed on the newsfeed of your connections. And it will also appear in the recommendations section of any mentee who have shown interests on a similar subject. A mentee who would be interested to learn more on the subject would immediately get in touch with you.
Any subject can trigger interest. Whether it’s holding a mentoring session on tips to do various types of dance steps better or creating a perfect balance between a team leader and his/her members, there is always a vast world of themes that one can mentor on and a never-ending queue of learners, just waiting to devour.
Alumni Alliances is your exclusive alumni community.
Open the gates and let the light of knowledge and experiences emit through. Let Alumni Alliances, your real ally, aid in finding the right mentees for you!
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