Going from mentee to mentor

Janina Mercado
Janina Mercado
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Transitioning from a mentee to a mentor is a significant step in your mentoring journey, marked by growth, reflection, and the opportunity to pay it forward. Everyone, no matter where they are in their professional journey, always has something to offer. In this module, we will:

  • Explore why you should consider becoming a mentor
  • Learn about the type of mentor you might want to be
  • Gain insights from previous mentors, drawing from their firsthand experiences to inform and inspire your journey to becoming a mentor

Consider becoming a mentor

As previously mentioned, mentorship is an ongoing journey for both a mentor and mentee —there's always more to learn and explore. As a mentee, you've benefited from invaluable guidance and insights shared by mentors who've walked the path before you. Stepping up to the role of mentor offers a unique opportunity to solidify the knowledge and wisdom you've received during your time as a mentee. This process not only enriches your expertise but also increases confidence in your capabilities, as you witness your guidance positively impacting others' growth and development.

By becoming a mentor, you have the opportunity to give back to your community or field of expertise. This act of paying it forward not only contributes to the development of future professionals but also fosters a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction. Knowing that you're making a positive impact on others' lives contributes to a culture of mentoring, ensuring that the cycle of support and guidance continues to enrich the lives of those within your reach.

Feel free to revisit our previous module on the mutual benefits of mentoring and if you are considering becoming a mentor, learn how to be a good mentor.

What type of mentor will you be?

Mentoring is not a one-size-fits-all all and as a mentor you can incorporate your own style that works for you, to guide and support the mentees you are matched with. Let's consider these styles in more detail:

Mentor Style

The Teacher
  • A mentor who adopts the teacher style focuses on imparting knowledge and expertise - standard mentor style.
  • They provide structured learning experiences, offer explanations, and clarify concepts.
  • This style is beneficial because it ensures mentees receive valuable information and guidance, helping them develop specific skills and competencies.
The Coach
  • Coaches can facilitate more personal and professional growth by asking insightful questions, providing feedback, and setting goals.

  • They empower mentees to discover their strengths, overcome challenges, break down barriers and achieve their full potential.
  • This style is beneficial as it promotes self-awareness, accountability, and continuous improvement.
The Role Model/Inspiration
  • Mentors who prefer a role model style lead by example, demonstrating desired behaviours, values, and attitudes.
  • Through their actions and achievements, they inspire mentees to aspire for greatness and emulate positive traits.
  • This style is beneficial because it fosters admiration, motivation, and a sense of possibility in mentees.
The Sponsor
  • Sponsors actively advocate for their mentees, connecting them with opportunities, resources, and networks to advance their careers.
  • They use their influence and leverage within organisations to support mentees' professional development and progression.
  • The sponsorship style is advantageous as it accelerates mentees' growth, expands their visibility, and opens doors to new possibilities

Remember, being a good mentor doesn't require having all the answers; it's about offering guidance, support, and encouragement to help mentees thrive and succeed.

Mentoring Stories

Mentor Drew Bogdanovs and his advice on how to be a good mentor

Mentor Craig Osten on how mentoring changed his life as a mentee and mentor!

Update your profile on Mentorloop

Mentorloop allows you to customize your profile to suit the mentoring role you aspire to, whether your interested in one of both roles! This video shows how you can update your profile to do just this. 


Stepping up to the role of mentor is a commendable step in anyone's personal growth journey. When the time comes for you to become a mentor, remember that everyone has something to offer. 

Reflection task

Remind yourself of the different mentoring styles we've learned about in this module and ask yourself: Which style of mentoring would I be/am I best at right now? Which styles would I like to improve on or practice more?

You're just one click away from reaching the end of the course! 

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