This is a post of our mentor Pricilla about her experience with The Mentoring Club, how she found it, why it is an extremely valuable experience for her. She shares some good practices and advice for how to use the platform - both as a mentor and as a mentee.
What is Mentoring?
Mentoring is a relationship between two people in different aspects of life. A Mentor can guide in many ways: Professional, Personal, Emotional development. I strongly believe this is a great privilege for everyone. We get an opportunity to connect with another human-being. It’s not only about giving or sharing what you know. You have plenty to learn from your mentees as well.
What is The Mentoring Club?
Last year I landed up on a website, where I was so intrigued about the process and giveaway’s of them. Fortunately one of my well-wishers and a good friend was listed as a mentor on their page. So I saw an option for applying as a Mentor. I did apply, I wasn’t sure if I would be accepted as a Mentor. So I connected with my friend and checked how his experience so far with the mentoring club was. He gave good reviews :-) At the same time, my application as a Mentor is also approved. I got my Mentor profile created.
Mentoring Club is a non-profit organization who believes in the power of community and they started it during the 2020 pandemic. Jessica Dewald and Bastian Buch are the founders of this amazing platform. You can check out more stories and reviews on the website. These two amazing humans developed this platform for the cause of helping each other and grow together and making this world a better place.
How does it work?
If you are looking out for great friend and guide, who doesn't judge you — Feel free to check our mentors here. Mentors are listed by category and you can select based on your need and you can book an appointment with them.
Select your mentor:
Click “Schedule Session”:
Scroll down and Click “Next”:
Now you will be seeing the calendar of the Mentor and you can go ahead and book the appointment with them right away.
Tada, that’s it. You are good to go…
- Try to understand about the Mentoring areas of the Mentor
- Based on it, keep your queries ready.
- Make sure to connect on-time for the meeting.
- Start your call with a small introduction about you.
- Be honest while you share your experiences, no-one is gonna judge you :-)
- Make sure about the internet connectivity and your microphone/camera. Else most of your time will be eaten by these sorts of technical difficulties.
- Make notes of the points whenever needed, don’t memorize everything. You might lose some important content.
- Don’t stop with one-day. Work-out on the pointers mentioned by your mentor.
- Last but not the least, please try to inform the Mentor if you couldn’t join due to some unavoidable circumstances. We should respect other’s time, to get ours to be respected :-)
How to become a Mentor?
- You are doing this for free of cost, and you represent the community. So make sure to stick to the “Code of Conduct”.
- Introduce yourself during the first meeting with the mentee.
- Not everyone is ready for the camera meeting. So, just let it be. It can be just an audio call. Once we build the rapport, they are ready to do it.
- Try to first listen to them and let them talk/vent out. We can respond after that.
- Try to stay in touch with the Mentees even after the session. This will help them to stay on-track.
- Just because they are reaching out for Mentoring, it doesn't mean they are unware of everything. “We can learn something from every mentee.”
- Try to be on-time for your sessions.
- Track all your sessions using the “Session Tracker”
- If you couldn’t join the session for some reasons, please inform the mentees before-hand. We should respect their time.
- Be kind and empathetic :-)
What else in the store?
- Book Recommendations (from the Mentors)
- Interesting Podcasts
- Insightful Blogs