Your feedback on Virtual Mentorship. Can it work or not?

Hi, please let share with us how to improve virtual mentorship that would serve your needs at the very best? We are hungry for your feedback and don't care to share your the most sincere thoughts. Thank you!

Comments (7)

From: Amena Rahman on Jul 23 2014 at 11:34AM

Virtual mentorship can definitely work. The tricky part I felt was defining the goals of the mentorship. Sometimes the mentee may be unsure of what they really need. I feel there is a need for perhaps a forum or something where people can think out loud and really discover what they need out of the mentorship and who should be paired up with whom. It becomes unfair on both sides if the mentor signs up for something the mentee did not articulate properly.

I know there are places where you can write about yourself but that doesn't really show the multiple dimensions of a personality.

From: Stefan Alievikj on Jul 24 2014 at 2:20PM

Amena thank you for constructive comment. It instantly made me think: what if Growr integrates like separate tool where for instance, potential mentor and mentee who are to agree for mentorship partnership, can come and use the tool, and through after few conversations, after few interviews that they can have among each other, they will be able to decide whether their expectations/needs will match... similar as like "online interview for a job", but this time for "online interview to see if you will match with your peer". In the same time, this can be a tool where peers can practice skills for interview, as this may work as some sort of simulation.
Just a quick thought!

From: Udoka Chiefe on Aug 20 2014 at 12:27AM

I definitely think that virtual mentorship is working for me, at least.

I do agree with Amena about setting goals and knowing what you want out of the mentorship first. A forum would be great, but something tailored to suit the Growr community.

Also, I think milestones and accomplishments should be included that details what a mentor/mentee relationship has achieved for either party or what they would want to achieve to the everyone, not just in a partnership. For example, I have learned about taking control by letting go in a team scenario and I think others have learned invaluable lessons that could be beneficial to others to find out about.

Thank you

From: Jaro Berce on Aug 27 2014 at 11:33AM

It is obviously a tricky question. It can and it cannot. The first was mostly described by previous comments. The second (cannot) is meant by the topic involved. If it is a knowledge that can be passed through text, video or audio then most of the times (not always) it is understood. Some issues ask for a deeper passage than those mediums can achieve (one day with virtual reality /VR/ might be some barriers will be down). But imagine mentoring someone where physical feelings are to be transmitted ~ here the problem arise. Again in future when VR with all smelling, feeling etc. attributes will work - then might be this could be feasible. today (in my opinion) there are still some gray spots that prevent full operational Virtual Mentorship.

From: gopez asorent on Nov 19 2017 at 5:15PM

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From: Elizabeth Lee on Jan 26 2018 at 1:40PM

Of course it can work, provided you have very good equipment. Unfortunately, without some great gadgets, apps and nice Internet connection it might be difficult to mentor/coach someone online.

Apart from that, it also depends on the client. Not everyone will be happy with just online coaching.

From: nathan andrews on Jun 11 2018 at 10:02AM

This is really amazing and informative too.