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S2 E6: "Someone offered to mentor me! How do I be a non-sucky mentee?"

Season 2, Episode 6: “Someone Offered to Mentor Me! How Do I Be a Non-Sucky Mentee?”

Paying it forward! Not just a cheesy movie starring lil baby Haley Joel Osment anymore!

Before I got my first big-kid job, I benefited from three different internships. The super kind, super dedicated, and super patient people who supervised me at these internships had an incredible impact on my education and career. I’ll never know why they put up with me, I’m just grateful they did.

So when I got that big-kid job, I knew I needed to start an internship program for the company. My work ethic and on-the-job know-how had been shaped by my mentors, and I felt the best tribute to these kind people (all of whom I’m still in touch with to this day) was to pay it forward.

I’ve had dozens of interns over the course of my career. And Kitty is part of her company’s professional mentorship program. By our powers combined, we’ve got loads of advice on how to be a good mentor—and more importantly, how to be a good mentee.

This week’s question

Today’s question comes to us from an anonymous Tumblr follower. They ask:

I have been offered a mentorship opportunity at my place of employment, and I am looking for advice on how to make the most of it as the mentee. I am actively working at taking a more proactive role in my career and financial situation as I have a bad habit of underselling myself and my time. One of these days I will be a boss bitch, and this is a ladder step for me to get there. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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3 thoughts to “Season 2, Episode 6: “Someone Offered to Mentor Me! How Do I Be a Non-Sucky Mentee?””

  1. I have been a mentor, a mentee, and an organizer of mentor programs. The biggest pet peeve I have heard from mentors is a lack of follow up from the mentee — to schedule the meetings, to report on what they’ve been doing, to share results from what the mentor recommends. So to be a good mentee, do all 3!

  2. Most importantly, when you become a boss, do not forget about how you were a simple worker and what exactly you did not like about your boss. Better to learn from other people’s mistakes! Good luck and career growth!

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