What do you think are good qualities to have as a mentor?
While this is my first formal mentoring experience, I think key qualities are listening, questioning, and helping a mentee go through a holistic thought process, instead of simply giving answers.
Do you have any advice for aspiring mentors, or those who might have just started mentoring someone for the first time?
It is a process, a journey, and one needs to be flexible to adjust course. Also, it is important to define expectations from the onset, be honest, respectful, and get to know the mentee. Lastly, it is a conversation, a dialogue which will facilitate effective feedback, guidance and support.
Name: Aru Murugiah
Degree: MA, International Political Economy, 2021
Where is he now? Consultant, UN World Food Programme.
To read about Colin's experience of working with Aru, click here
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