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I like my job, but I'm not learning. Help me help them help me, please.

What role should is the employer supposed to play in my career development? What role am I supposed to play? [more inside]
posted by Krop Tor on Sep 3, 2014 - 12 answers

Connecting And Building A Mentor Relationship

I am currently in my late twenties finishing my degree in Information Technology. I live in a large city. I'm a sociable person. My question is, not working in the professional environment, how could I find a professional mentor? How do you recommend someone build such a relationship? Any ideas? .... There are industry related conferences within the area which I sometimes attend. Professors seem like an option. But what steps should I take to form such a relationship? Is it something you would ask for explicitly?.... I'd just like to thank the community in advance for your feedback. It's been something I'd like to do, but due to uncertainty in how to go about it I haven't. Thanks!
posted by Nicholas Geary on Feb 12, 2014 - 8 answers

Need a mentor for the application process to Clinical Psych PhD programs

I am doing a post-bac program in Psychology and hoping to apply to a Clinical Psychology PhD program (I know that for practitioner focus, PsyD's are recommended but FUNDING IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I have already gone into ~$100K of debt to do this post bac program as a result of career change. If there are PsyD programs that provide funding I would be into that too. Just looking to shape a strategy here). I want to know how I can find a mentor who can give me good advice through this process because I'm kind of at a loss when thinking about and structuring my approach to applying. [more inside]
posted by bengalibelle on Jan 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Any business people out there? I'm looking for some tips.

Hi, I have been building up to launching a specialist coaching business in the new year for a long time. I have done a lot and learned a lot but there is still so much I'm unclear about... If anyone had any thoughts on any of the below I'd really appreciate your insight. [more inside]
posted by tanktop on Nov 29, 2013 - 8 answers

I want you to be successful, but...

How to manage a relationship with my former protege at a job from which I just got fired? [more inside]
posted by Sweetie Darling on Oct 20, 2013 - 14 answers

Literature centered on "mentorship"

I have wanted to ask this for a while, and finally have a second example to broaden the scope of my search enough to be hopeful for hits. I am looking for literature that depicts a particular relationship between two main characters. Details to follow: [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Jul 22, 2013 - 16 answers

Oh, Benjamin.

"And here's to you, Mrs. Robinson..."Can you help me become a more effective sexual mentor? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 6, 2013 - 10 answers

What to get for a classical-music and science-loving mentor as a present?

What to get as a going-away present for my classical-music-and-science-loving mentor when I make a great deal less money than them and don't have as much knowledge as them in their interests? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Nov 21, 2012 - 10 answers

As a token of my gratitude, please take this _________________

Please help me brainstorm a good gift for my teaching mentor! [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Jun 15, 2012 - 7 answers

Can my boss be my mentor?

I'd like to ask my boss to be a mentor for my careee development. How do I do it? Any pitfalls? What should I keep in mind? [more inside]
posted by Hellebore on Mar 13, 2012 - 5 answers

Why can't we just all get along?

How do I navigate this potentially dramatic work/friends situation? Snowflakes and a long backstory ahead. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 19, 2012 - 15 answers

The Asylum for Specially-Trained Concubines

Schools or asylums that trained young girls in some sort of speciality skill only to later sell them off to rich men: did they really exist? Do they still? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 27, 2011 - 28 answers

Seeking: Mentor/Protege

Recommendations for stories about the mentor/protege dynamic that are sexy. Bonus points if both parties are female. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 2, 2011 - 8 answers

In search of an investment mentrix

How can I find a female private equity/venture capital mentor in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 29, 2011 - 7 answers

Gift for the golfing oilfield mentor?

Gift Filter: Under $40 shipped, small token of appreciation for my mentor. I'd like it to be a small decoration (or the like) that he could put on his desk. Other requirements: somehow related to both golf (his favorite hobby) and the oilfield (his career for 35+ years). I'm not very crafty, so hand making something isn't an option.
posted by nokry56 on Jul 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Obi-Wan Kenobi to my Anakin

How do I make the most of a corporate mentor? [more inside]
posted by quirksilver on Apr 23, 2011 - 3 answers

How to share good news with old mentors?

How to tactfully share good news with old mentors? [more inside]
posted by Bebo on Mar 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Should I keep my interesting lower paid job with a great mentor or apply for the promotion with better title, more money?

Should I keep my interesting lower paid job with a great mentor or apply for the promotion with better title, more money? [more inside]
posted by washateria on Nov 13, 2010 - 13 answers

Big Sister Nerves!

Big Sister/Little Sister Program Filter: First outing with my "little sister" tonight, and I feel a little nervous or ...something.. about the whole experience so far... [more inside]
posted by foxhat10 on Jun 30, 2010 - 19 answers

Bon voyage gift for young woman making a life change?

Gift ideas for a mid-20s woman embarking on an adventure to India, and moving from the east coast of the US to the west coast after her return from India? Would like to mark the occasion and tell her how awesome it is that she's fearlessly following her own path. [more inside]
posted by ImproviseOrDie on Jun 4, 2010 - 15 answers

I want to expand my business. But where do I begin?

I own a retail store, and want to open a second location in another city/state. I need help from people, but I'm not even sure what people. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on May 20, 2010 - 4 answers

I love him and I love his music but not his CD. Now what?

He's talented. He's just finished his cd, poured his heart and soul into this thing. But -- he fell in love with the studio, all those toys, sucked the life right out of this record. I've had a copy two days, I need to call him and tell him I love the record. But I don't. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 23, 2010 - 41 answers

How to choose a mentor?

How to choose a mentor? [more inside]
posted by abbat on Apr 21, 2010 - 7 answers

Gift for a mentor. Who is a friend. And so much more.

What would be a good present for a 30-something year old woman who just received a huge promotion in a European-related foreign affairs job? [more inside]
posted by eytanb on Apr 7, 2010 - 10 answers

Lazy and Inexperienced or Latent Management Material?

I am mentoring a college kid who wants to be a programmer. I am detail-oriented; he does the bare minimum required to get the job done, but he gets things done. Am I right to push him toward thinking about doing project management rather than hands-dirty techie-developer type stuff? Or is he just lazy and needing to be schooled? [more inside]
posted by circular on Feb 23, 2010 - 28 answers

He's awesome and I need him, but he's also my boss...

What is acceptable for a mentor/mentee relationship? I feel like I'm taking mine too far... [more inside]
posted by semp on Feb 20, 2010 - 16 answers

My best friend and wife are fighting. Should I try and mediate or stay out of it?

My best friend and wife are fighting. Should I try and mediate or stay out of it? [more inside]
posted by washateria on Nov 19, 2009 - 34 answers

Dr. Awesome

Do you know an amazing primary care physician in NYC? What makes them amazing? Do you think they'd be interested in mentoring a student? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Nov 10, 2009 - 8 answers

Leadership in Film and on TV

Examples of leadership on film (or tv). [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Sep 27, 2009 - 22 answers

Help me help new college students

How do I offer support for people attending/wanting to attend college, but who have very different situations from anything I knew? 2 different scenarios! [more inside]
posted by brainmouse on Aug 8, 2009 - 9 answers

What questions to ask some mentors?

I'm going to a "speed mentoring" event in the near future, and I need some ideas for good questions to ask the mentors... [more inside]
posted by gwenzel on May 7, 2009 - 1 answer

Is it possible to introduce my kid to NYC's musicians?

NYC music filter: How can I find musicians who would be willing to let my kid hang with them? [more inside]
posted by agentwills on Mar 12, 2009 - 11 answers

Couch Surfing Professor

There is the story of the perennial house guest who is either a distinguished mathematician or a physicist. The story goes that if this gentleman comes to stay with a young scientist it means that their future in the field is in for a sudden uptick. His tenure in their home tends to result in a few collaborative papers which in turn leads to notice in the scientific community and a rapid rise in status. Please help me find this professor's name?
posted by cm on Dec 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Mentor/Mentee situation didn't quite work out as planned--what do I do?

How do I tell a work-assigned mentor that the relationship isn't quite working out? She's clearly too busy for me, and I don't want to participate in the program anymore. I feel that some of this is my fault, but I'm not sure how to handle going forward. [more inside]
posted by purplecurlygirl on Oct 15, 2008 - 6 answers

How can we help abused kids?

How can I help stop child abuse, other than writing a check? [more inside]
posted by middleclasstool on Aug 28, 2008 - 19 answers

mentor

What things you wish you knew or did when you got a mentor at work? Or any other advices that would maximize my opportunity with a mentor. [more inside]
posted by vocpanda on Aug 11, 2008 - 5 answers

Summer program for 15 yr old NYC?

Can you recommend a summer program, August - Sept, for a bright 15 year old girl living in Queens, NYC? My niece is very smart, loves dance and theater and wants to excel academically. She's starting to make choices that aren't ideal, and (unrelated) do somewhat poorly in Math. I would love to find a program in Queens, or NYC for the month of August that can help her with school, inspire her and encourage her in the right direction. Help?!
posted by quiverandquill on Jul 18, 2008 - 1 answer

In appreciation for spiritual guidance and leadership

When undergoing an ministerial ordination ceremony, is it customary or common for the about-to-be-ordained person to gift the minister who is conveying the ordination? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 30, 2008 - 5 answers

The Sudden Godparent

I've just been asked to the godfather of a 13 y.o. kid. I'd also like to present him with something which codifies the responsibilities of a godparent. What are some traditional gifts/symbols that go along with this? [caveat inside] [more inside]
posted by moonbird on Mar 26, 2008 - 17 answers

Where can I find resources for a mentor/mentee relationship?

Where can I find resources for a mentor/mentee relationship? [more inside]
posted by slavlin on Feb 25, 2008 - 4 answers

Don't confuse me with her. Please!

How do you set yourself apart from a boss/mentor who is not well respected? [more inside]
posted by GIRLesq on Feb 6, 2008 - 15 answers

How to find someone to be an intellectual mentor for them?

How to find someone to be an intellectual mentor for them? The difficulties I see in finding someone are: 1) I'm not around many new people (esp. younger) that would be interested and 2) why would they choose me? [more inside]
posted by Furious Fitness on Dec 29, 2007 - 39 answers

How do you mentor someone?

How do you mentor someone? [more inside]
posted by jackofsaxons on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

What to get friends for agreeing to be godparent types?

Gifts for godparent-types? We've asked about a dozen people to be "mentors" to our rugrat, in an area of their choice. What do we get them to say thanks and that they have a special bond with her? [more inside]
posted by pomegranate on Aug 6, 2007 - 9 answers

Arts Mentor seeks NYC Youth

Know any performing arts-related youth mentorship programs, where artists can teach kids & teens, in the NYC area? [more inside]
posted by twistofrhyme on May 20, 2007 - 5 answers

How do I say thank you to my mentor, ten years later?

A woman I greatly admire gave me a pep talk about all the potential and promise I had and how I'd go out into the world and do something with myself. Being incredibly insecure and full of self-doubt, I didn't believe her. That was 10 years ago... [more inside]
posted by SoulOnIce on May 9, 2007 - 26 answers

When good mentors go bad.

My mentor makes unhelpful negative comments when I ask questions, and gets snippy when I don't do as she suggests. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by cornflake on Oct 23, 2006 - 18 answers

Having A Mentor That Can Give You What You Want - Fair?

How appropriate is it to consider someone your mentor, when you're hoping he'll grant you with something major in the future? Is this taking advantage of him and the mentorship? Or am I just being paranoid? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Apr 15, 2006 - 9 answers

I want a mentor.

Turning teachers/bosses into mentors: how do you do it? [more inside]
posted by xo on Aug 9, 2005 - 10 answers

Is there a programmer mentoring community online?

Is there an online community or web site that mentors new programmers? One in which the student is guided through the different phases of development of a small, but not insignificant program. If one doesn't exist, would it be a worthwhile endeavor to create a mentor community?
posted by grefo on Apr 29, 2004 - 5 answers

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