I was first introduced to the idea of having a mentor in graduate school. My program told me it was “very important” but the specifics on how to find one, what made for a good one, what you should discuss with them, etc., were vague. I did my best, though, searching out opportunities to connect with more senior women in my field.
Fast forward 10+ years and people are now telling me I’m their mentor. Crazy, right?
Recently, I was thinking back over my experiences of being both a mentee and a mentor. It made me wonder: why were some of these relationships great while others were not so great? Here’s what I concluded.