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A mentorship relationship should be driven by the mentee. Coaching relationships are driven by the coach1. This is a useful distinction when the advisor is a manager of the mentee/subordinate. A manager will assess the subordinates uptake of the consul, therefore they are likely coaches and not mentors.

Mike McQuaid argues that mentorship is important, but maintaining contact with peers doubly so, and therefore you should have a mentorship diamond2:

Starting as a mentor

Asking around is a good place to start, you can also try local meetup groups if you have an established presence. Google Summer of Code is a structure program2.

Starting as a mentee

Ask those you like, ask your manager for suggestions.


McQuaid, M. The Mentorship Diamond. (2021).

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