What should I look for in a mentor?
There are some things that make a mentor a better fit than others.
There are thousands of businesses on Acadium, all looking for students who are willing to learn from them and help them grow. As a student, though, it is important that you find a mentor that will help you achieve your goals and teach you what you want to learn. Here are a few things to look for in a mentor:
1. Experience in the field you want to enter.
If you want to learn content marketing, then look for a successful blogger. If you want to learn e-commerce, then choose a mentor with an e-commerce store. Decide what your goals and choose someone who can teach you on the job.
2. Apprenticeship tasks that you are interested in.
On the mentor's profile, you will see their achievements, a quick marketing profile, and a list of their apprenticeship tasks. If you are taken on as a mentee, these are the things you will be learning about—do they sound interesting?
3. Good communication skills.
Your mentor is here to guide you. While they may be skilled, if they do not communicate well, then you will not learn as much. We all communicate in different ways, so make sure that you get a mentor that does not over-communicate, either.
4. A schedule that you are willing to work with.
Depending on where you and your mentor are from, you might not be in the same time zone. Be sure to pick a mentor whose schedule you are willing to work with.
5. A plan that you like.
When you talk to potential mentors, ask them what you will be doing as the apprenticeship progresses. Some mentors has a full calendar of plans, all ready for you. Others will have an outline and let you do what you want. Determine how hands-on you want your mentor to be and work from there.
There are other things that you can look at, like similar hobbies and interests, but definitely keep these five criteria in mind when you look through your Discover page.