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Mentoring - perspectives from the mentee, mentor, and other.
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I have been greatly impressed by requests for mentorship and the responses from the community. It made me think about “virtual mentoring” as it relates to its practice on this platform, expectations, and outcomes.

Some questions:

- For prospective or current mentees: What are your desires and expectations as it relates to mentoring? Is your primary focus on gaining knowledge for certifications, and/or gaining practical insights and skills for your current or future practice?

- For prospective or current mentors: What has been your experience with virtual mentoring, or what degree of investment would you be willing to make in a mentee?

- Outcomes: What has been the practical outcomes of your engagements in virtual mentoring. What worked and what did not?

- General: At what point do you NOT need mentoring in your career?
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From my point of view you always need a mentor , on-site your organization or outside, someone that guide you and advise you to grow and learn.

The expectations for both mentor and mentee should be clarified and aligned, else the relationship will not work.

I've never participated in a virtual mentoring...or can I consider virtual mentoring all the help and guidance that I had from this community?
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I don't have formal mentors but I am surrounded by informal ones. In fact, I learn from everyone I encounter. I am a perpetual protégé.

I have done virtual mentoring and it's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I did mentor a US soldier looking to transition into project management upon release. It did mean skyping at odd hours but my focus was on helping the officer think through his priorities, choices and plans.
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1 reply by Ruth Pearce
May 18, 2019 9:54 AM
Ruth Pearce
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I agree. I learn from every exchange - good and not so good.
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I too do not have a formal mentor. But I keep on socializing with experts/ practitioners like you to discuss and enhance my knowledge. Virtual mentoring is helpful and I have been part of that. It works well. Ultimately, one must keep on reading and try to learn from own and others experiences to handle different situations in personal and professional life.
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The effort I’m prepared to offer depends on the effort I see from yet mentee. I don’t expect them to do everything I say but I do look for them to do everything THEY say. Seeing mentees progress is very fulfilling.
I’m not sure whether we always need mentoring but I think we always benefit from coaching.
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May 17, 2019 7:49 PM
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I don't have formal mentors but I am surrounded by informal ones. In fact, I learn from everyone I encounter. I am a perpetual protégé.

I have done virtual mentoring and it's actually not as bad as I thought it would be. I did mentor a US soldier looking to transition into project management upon release. It did mean skyping at odd hours but my focus was on helping the officer think through his priorities, choices and plans.
I agree. I learn from every exchange - good and not so good.

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