What is a Mentor?
The first recorded modern usage of the term can be traced to a 1699 book entitled Les Aventures de Telemaque, by the French writer François Fénelon. In the book the lead character is that of Mentor. This book was very popular during the 18th century and the modern application of the term can be traced to this publication.
This is the source of the modern use of the word mentor: a trusted friend, counselor or teacher, usually a more experienced person. Some professions have “mentoring programs” in which newcomers are paired with more experienced people, who advise them and serve as examples as they advance.
Today mentors provide expertise to less experienced individuals to help them advance their careers, enhance their education, and build their networks. In many different arenas people have benefited from being part of a mentoring relationship, including… Wikipedia
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Why Do So Few Women Have Mentors?
“A good mentor can steer you to professional success. But according to a survey by LinkedIn, nearly 1 out of 5 women say they’ve never had a mentor at work. Host Michel Martin discusses the findings with Linked-In’s Nicole Williams.” -NPR, Dec 14 2011 more
Youth In The Office: How I Found Career-Changing Mentors
“Do you ever look around and wonder how you got here? I do. Everyday. I cannot believe I have a job during this terrible recession. Or that I get paid to do a job I actually went to school for, that’s in line with my future aspirations and that I truly enjoy going to each day. Don’t be fooled. This is not a peppy, gloating piece. It took a lot of time, sacrifices and struggles to get where I am.” -Forbes, Nov 18 2011 more
How To Find A Mentor
“It pays to have a helping hand to get ahead in the workplace whether you’re transitioning to the nonprofit world from the for-profit one, or switching into a whole new field. Most of us can benefit from having a mentor or sponsor at our back to teach, promote and encourage us. A study published earlier this year by economist Sylvia Ann Hewlett found that both men and women who have a sponsor behind them are more likely to ask their boss for a “stretch” assignment and are more likely to ask for raises than those without one.” -Forbes, Oct 31 2011 more
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