Here at VAST, we have implemented a mentorship program that pairs two individuals in the office (typically a new employee & a more seasoned employee) to help build successful careers and relationships within the organization.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have been both a mentor & mentee and I would have to say both were beneficial.
As a mentor, I was able to:
- Connect with a team member outside of the office and learn more about them personally.
- Help provide insight about our core values & culture.
- Become a role model with positive influence.
- Become a source of information & knowledge.
As a mentee, I was able to:
- Learn more about the organization and its history.
- Accept feedback/constructive criticism.
- Be held accountable for my commitments/actions.
- Develop goals and a timeline for reaching them.
Our program consists of three structured meetings over a 90-day period. After the 90-days the mentor/mentee have the option to continue meeting at their leisure. The program is always evolving based on input & suggestions from each team that completes it.
To answer the question, mentor or mentee? I would suggest taking part in both, you will not be disappointed.