Building a Mutually Beneficial Mentor-Mentee Relationship

When entering the professional world, having a mentor can be very important. In fact,  a 2012 Dimensional Research survey revealed that mentorship was the number one request by millennials worldwide. 42% of millennials said that when it came time to enter the professional world, they wanted mentors.But can the mentor learn from their mentees as well? It turns out that the mentor-mentee relationship has become mutually beneficial.

To understand the ways the mentor-mentee relationship in changing in today’s society, we must look at how millennials are shifting their focus. While they are strongly enthusiastic about getting mentors, they don’t necessarily want to follow in their mentor’s shoes. It may seem at first pointless to mentor someone who isn’t doing exactly what you want to do. Perhaps this diversity in aspirations is what leads mentors to learn from mentees, too.

Marc Bombenon – Qualities to Look For in a Mentor

But there are more benefits to the mentor-mentee relationship than seeing someone choose their own experience. So what is it that makes mentoring a younger person such a good life experience? And how can we get the most out of the mentor-mentee relationship?


Of course, it feels rewarding to help another person. But there are more benefits to the mentor-mentee relationship than the satisfaction of lending a helping hand. Mentoring a younger person also gives a mentor insight into the mindset of the younger work force. This allows the professionals in higher up positions to understand more about millennials who are entering the workforce. It also gives the mentor connections to the mentee’s friends and peers. This network of people provides many viable candidates for professions that need to be filled. Companies and individuals will need to hire these young professionals in the next 10 to 15 years in order to stay relevant.

Marc Bombenon – 3 Books Every Young Professional Should Read

One of the most important things to remember when maintaining a mentor-mentee relationship is to keep it professional. Make sure that the friendship does not become one similar to a parent and child. It is important to set expectations and remain constructive. And of course, stay open to learning new information and skills from your mentee.

The younger crop of professionals can also help out their mentors figure out new aspects of the professional world that may be stumping them. For example, millennials are a great source of information on how to manage social media. In the information age, technology is constantly creating new jobs and new professional angles that are necessary to take. A mentor is an enormously helpful person in a young professional’s life. But in an ever changing professional world, mentees can help mentors get ahead in the professional world, too.

3 Books Every Young Professional Should Read


We all know that reading is essential, yet sometimes, the busier we get, the more responsibilities we obtain, and the longer our work days become, we find it difficult to actually sit down and take some time to read a good book. Perhaps if we alter the way we think about reading, and acknowledge its true value, we can come to understand how reading is truly an investment towards our professional development.

With that said, here are 3 books every professional should read to increase productivity, efficiency, creativity, and problem solving.

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

If your professional background is in sales or public relations, this is an excellent read. Now, keep in mind, this book was written in the 1930s and lot has changed since then. However, with over 15 million copies sold to date, How to Win Friends and Influence People remains as relevant as ever. According to Dale Carnegie, “Financial success is due 15 percent to professional knowledge and 85 percent to “the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people.” Even Warren Buffet has praised Carnegie’s work as “the most successful self-help book of all time.”

Marc Bombenon – Qualities to Look For in a Mentor

#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso

Who says young women don’t make great business leaders. Sophia Amoruso recounts her story as a college dropout, lost and directionless, she began selling vintage clothes in the lobby of an art school. She eventually built this small eBay shop into the multi-million dollar company Nasty Gal. According to Vanity Fair, “Rather than present a get-rich-quick manual or a list of business tips, Amoruso teaches the innovative and entrepreneurial among us to play to our strengths, learn from our mistakes, and know when to break a few of the traditional rules.”

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Load… And Others Don’t – Jim Collins

What factors contribute to company longevity and growth? How do good, mediocre, or even bad companies prosper? Jim Collins takes a closer look at how good companies turn great and how business owners today can differentiate between which risks to endure and which to avoid.

These three professional development reads will definitely inspire you to put your best foot forward.