For me, I really enjoy mentorship of early career people because I was there before. I think the point of mentorship is to give somebody context and viewpoints they don’t otherwise have access to.
“I think the approach Edith is taking [with mentorship] is good. I like the longer term [relationships] because it takes the pressure off. It makes things more comfortable for both parties. I think if you have a one-off interview it’s good for some sort of tactical issue like, 'I need help with x, can you help think through some solutions that I haven’t thought about.'
But if it’s a long-term ongoing relationship, then you can really get beyond just the platitudes of here’s my giant ambitions for the next five years and here’s some generic advice more towards more tactical things to help you achieve those goals.
The more you [meet] the more you get to know somebody and the more you can actually give them advice for large things as well. Because otherwise if you don’t know somebody - if you’re not comfortable around them - then it’s hard to give anything beyond like platitudinal advice. To me, sustainable and interesting mentorship is where you listen to the person’s problems, see if you have an alignment of your own personal experience or someone you know has experienced, and you give opinions but not solutions. If they decide to do it or not do it that’s not the point, the point is to give them context.
Spotlight: Luke Bender
Computer Science, Philosophy @ Duke
"A lot of mentors I've had ended after only a few surface-level calls. With Edith, I now have a group of people invested in my long-term success."
Spotlight: Cem Koc
Software Engineer @ Apple
"I was very interested in the mathematical aspects of computing, but no one in my friend group was interested in doing it. That felt really lonely. Because of this, I've accumulated a lot of experience that I want to give back to students who are also feeling alone."
Spotlight: Ashish Bhatt
Consultant @ L.E.K. Consulting
"In my opinion, the only way to make a meritocracy is by ensuring everyone has access to a mentor. Some people are naturally born with mentors from their family or network, and they start on an uneven playing field. But if everyone has a mentor who will guide and vouch for them, then it's really about execution - not where you were born or who you know."