Life is so much easier when you have someone to help you navigate. What makes a mentor great? Have you ever had a mentor? Been someone else’s?
I had debated all day as to whether I would write about today’s prompt. I had a talk with my husband and as the conversation progressed he pointed out though I had never had a mentor at work I had become one three years ago to one of the college hires coming into the company. There is a process where the college hires interview potential mentors in a “round robin” session during their first week with the company. They then decide if they would like to be in a mentor-mentee relationship and with whom. I was chosen by one of the female college hires. We would get together on a monthly basis to talk about her challenges, answer questions and provide guidance. The past year has been challenging.to meet, and she finally received the opportunity to go on a field assignment in Australia. I am happy for her but saddened this relationship has come to an end.
But my mentoring opportunities do not stop there. I mentor each and every day in a different way. The simple definition as per Merriam-Webster.com is “someone who teaches, or gives help and advice to a less experienced or often younger person.” Each and every day I receive calls, emails, Skype pings on how to perform a process or resolve an issue in one of the two applications I support. I also receive requests for help and guidance on how to handle a cost engineering issue. So mentoring duties continue and will for a very long time as I enjoy what I do, teaching and helping others.