Your mentor will inspire, encourage and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. Through the mentoring relationship, you can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel professionally.
Proteges are expected to have researched the game industry and have a specific goal beyond "breaking in" for their mentoring relationship. GameMentorOnline mentors are industry professionals who can offer a wealth of advice and guidance, but only if you've done your homework and want to improve in a demonstrable way by the end of the 4-month mentoring relationship.
GameMentorOnline has limited openings for proteges -- your written reason for joining will help us understand if the program is a good match for your goals. Please be sure to be as descriptive as possible (yet direct and to the point) when you apply for the program so that your expectations of a mentor are clear to the team reviewing applications.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I choose a Mentor?
First complete your profile. Provide information on the kinds of suppport you are looking for. Then, browse the list of mentors who will provide that type of support and create mentoring request. It is up to you to search for a mentor that specializes in the discipline in which you seek guidance.
How long will the mentors be available?
We ask our mentors to make commitments of four months in order to ensure that the protégé is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
What do I do if the mentoring relationship is not going well, or if I am concerned about program membership?
We encourage you to inform the mentor about the situation, and to contact the GameMentorOnline admin immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
DO TAKE A PROACTIVE ROLE IN SHAPING THE RELATIONSHIP
Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor.
Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor.
Be mindful of the boundaries between personal and professional support. Be respectful of the mentor's time, and remember that they are not there to solve your problems but to help you learn to solve them on your own!
DO PUT YOUR TIME WITH YOUR MENTOR TO GOOD USE.
Come prepared for meetings with your mentor by identifying and researching topics in advance.
Respond to your mentor's feedback in a timely manner: respond to emails from your mentor within two days of receipt.
Be open and honest about your challenges and weaknesses when working with the mentor, and when evaluating your progress towards established goals.
Remember: if something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
DO NOT ask for advice on everything you do. INSTEAD, have a purpose in each request.
DO NOT blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out. INSTEAD, take responsibility for what you are learning and how you choose to apply it to your professional development.
DO NOT expect the mentor to know all the answers. INSTEAD, use their advice as a guidepost which will suggest new strategies you may not have considered.
DO NOT commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep. INSTEAD, be honest with yourself, and your mentor, about what you can and cannot achieve.
DO NOT cancel meetings with your mentor at the last minute. INSTEAD, provide at least 24 hours notice if you won't be able to attend a scheduled meeting.
DO NOT ask for a job! Your mentor is not here to get you into a new position at their company, or any other! INSTEAD, ask the mentor if you can join them at industry events to be introduced to new people, in an effort to build your network. You are responsible for learning how to make connections.