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Project Management Student Perspective Series#2- Project Mentoring and Coaching
Is a project mentor or coach vital to success? Why not both? If yes or no, please elaborate? How does a student find a mentor with a limited network if they are seeking one or the other?
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Stephen

Mentorship is very important at some point in your career especially at the outset. You can either consult the services of a professional coach or mentor in the field (Sessions are usually in the range of $130 USD per session) or check with your local PMI chapter if they have a volunteer mentorship program but be careful, do your due diligence and make sure to connect with the right mentor that has the right experience so he or she can efficiently and effectively guide you.

RK
You need a coach, Stephen, if you need to gain specific skills or competencies. A mentor will help you with your overall career. You find mentors by doing exactly what you are doing: joining and participating in a relevant community.
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1 reply by Stephen Robin
Jan 21, 2022 12:25 PM
Stephen Robin
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Good point. Aren't coaches reserved for those who are working in the field? As a student, wouldn't a mentor be most suitable at this point in time?
Jan 21, 2022 9:07 AM
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You need a coach, Stephen, if you need to gain specific skills or competencies. A mentor will help you with your overall career. You find mentors by doing exactly what you are doing: joining and participating in a relevant community.
Good point. Aren't coaches reserved for those who are working in the field? As a student, wouldn't a mentor be most suitable at this point in time?
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1 reply by Stéphane Parent
Jan 21, 2022 8:07 PM
Stéphane Parent
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If your current focus is on building knowledge then, yes, a mentor would be more suitable. If, on the other hand, you want to turn your knowledge into a competency, then a coach can help.
Jan 21, 2022 12:25 PM
Replying to Stephen Robin
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Good point. Aren't coaches reserved for those who are working in the field? As a student, wouldn't a mentor be most suitable at this point in time?
If your current focus is on building knowledge then, yes, a mentor would be more suitable. If, on the other hand, you want to turn your knowledge into a competency, then a coach can help.

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