Mentorship and expectations

The mentorship program at the Boston Product Management Association and how to make the best out of it.

photo by Katerina Kouriati

Why you might need a mentor in your life

Directing your own life can be equally exciting and daunting thing to do. Oftentimes we may feel stuck and need a little push on the way. It seems like all the books we’ve read, all the knowledge we’ve acquired, all the people we’ve met are still not enough to guide us take a direction, adjust our perspective or make a decision. It may only take one person, a conversation with an insightful individual to help us and give advice and that perspective we were missing all along.

What exactly do mentors do

Mentors can offer you wisdom distilled out of years of experience, functional know-how and domain expertise either at your everyday job or for your future career development. Mentors are there to offer the resources and expand your network when people around you are just not enough to answer some of your career development questions. If you are at a crossroads, a mentor is a seasoned professional who could offer a conversation you might appreciate possibly guiding you to making a difference in your career.

A Mentor is someone who can encourage, motivate and inspire you.

telemachus_and_mentor1A history lesson

And let me tell you a story:

Mentor was actually a person’s name. It is first mentioned in a Greek ancient story, Homer’s Odyssey. Mentor was appointed from Odysseus to be a teacher and oversee his son, while he was away fighting in the Trojan War.

Moving forward, the word Mentor evolved to mean trusted advisor, friend, teacher and wise person. History offers many examples of mentoring relationships: Socrates and Plato, Hayden and Beethoven, Freud and Jung. Mentoring is a fundamental form of human development where one person invests time, energy and personal know-how in assisting the growth and ability of another person.[1]

Why BPMA is the best place to find a Mentor in Boston

Here in Boston, the Boston Product Management Association is on a mission to continue this tradition by organizing mentorships programs specialized for Product Managers and Product Marketing professionals.

As the Mentorship Program Fall – Winter 2016, 2017 has just commenced we would like to share some indicative guidelines for both mentors and mentees in order to help get the best out of this relationship.

The BPMA mentorship program helps you set your goals, communicate with your mentor, take actions, evaluate your relationship with your mentor or mentee respectively at any given moment, before it comes to an end, track your progress and encourages you to share it with the rest of the community.

Mentor – Mentee Guidelines
Take a look at the guidelines we have set up for you.

References:
[1] http://www.learningservices.emory.edu/mentor_emory/mentorstory.html

Feature image by Katerina Kouriati. 

Telemachus and Mentor by Pablo E. Fabisch from Les Adventures de Telemaque


katerina_kouriati_profilepic_Katerina Kouriati has most recently worked as a customer support specialist at Airbnb and co-founded a start-up where she lead product marketing. Previously she was a data modeler and account manager at a SaaS data management company. She holds a masters in cultural information systems and a software product management certification from the University of Alberta. Katerina has recently moved to US to work into product management.

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