June 1, 2018
Since our launch earlier this year, many students had the chance to talk to a mentor from MentorCruise. When a mentorship is formally established, it can be difficult to get immediate value. Some advice and tips.
Due to the nature of MentorCruise mentorships, it can be a challenge to get immediate value. Mentor and mentee have to get to know each other and results are often seen longer term. With a handful of easy to implement tips, this can change.
Establish a baseline
As a mentee, you should tell your mentor what your previous experience is and where you want to go right at the beginning. Tell them about what you have learned, what you liked, what you disliked.
It will help your mentor to give you better advice and look at the next steps. Keep in mind, that a mentor doesn’t know your history, so be honest and sincere.
This is something that especially younger or insecure students regularly struggle with: Don’t wait until your mentor asks you for feedback or a status, just tell them!
Mentors are usually very busy people, but they do like to take time for you! If they don’t know that you need their attention, they won’t give it to you. It’s as simple as: “Hey XY, I’ve done the course you recommended me. Do you know any more?”
MentorCruise is an education marketplace with the goal to connect aspiring students in Software Engineering, Data Science, Design and Business with experienced mentors.
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