Exercise 4: Mentoring and Popular Culture

After completing phases one and two in the virtual office, you might be wondering about how to extend this experience with an in-person formal or informal mentor. In a future exercise we will explore the use of Network Analysis to help you find and choose a mentor. This exercise is intended to help you explore your interest in a future formal or informal mentoring experience. The articles we link to below relate to exploring mentoring opportunities outside of the virtual mentoring office. In his article, “It takes a mentor,” Thomas L. Friedman speaks to Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup’s education division. This particular quote from the article stands out:

“We think it’s a big deal” where we go to college, Busteed explained to me. “But we found no difference in terms of type of institution you went to – public, private, selective or not – in long-term outcomes. How you got your college education mattered most.”

In reading Friedman’s article, you might think about how a mentoring experience might enhance your educational experiences.

In “How to find a professional mentor” Zoe Amar give advice on how to find, begin, and end a professional mentoring relationship.

Peter McLuskie suggests several tips for a productive mentoring experience in his article “Mentoring tips: how mentor and mentee can make the most of it.”

After reviewing one or more of the articles, you might explore the following questions in a journal entry:

  • How might a mentoring experience add value to my educational experiences?
  • What can I do to make the most out of a mentoring experience?