A mentor is someone who is a trusted counselor or guide; a tutor or coach. It is often used the context of someone more experienced teaching, helping, or guiding a less experienced protege. If someone is being mentored they are the mentee.

Mentoring becomes a partnership between the two parties where one will impart their skills to the lesser experienced partner.

To become a mentor, you should have want to share your knowledge with others, encourage and motivate them, be willing to invest your time, be readily available to answer questions, and figure out if you are the correct mentee for them.

You can figure out how to meet whether it’s in person or via something like Skype or Facetime. You will need to figure out the frequency of your meetings as well. You may want to limit the time frame of the mentoring relationship as well. Remember to keep your meetings confidential.

When you’ve reached the end of the mentoring relationship, you may want to encourage your mentee to go on and become a mentor him/herself.