: someone who teaches or gives help and advice to a less experienced and often younger person
a : a trusted counselor or guide
b : tutor, coach
: a wise and faithful adviser or teacher
To tell you the truth, I didn't really know the real definition of the word "mentor", even if it is a Greek word. I thought that a mentor is the synonym for "teacher" which is actually correct, but it isn't quite that....
For me, a mentor is somebody who stands by you when you are trying to go further. Someone who gives you advice, from their experience and knowledge.
Who should be a mentor? Should they be young or old? Should they have experience or not?
In my opinion, experience in a field is needed, how would you give advice on something you don't actually know?
Why a mentor? Why not? It is so rewarding to see that people learn from you, avoid mistakes. You see the world from somebody else's eyes.... From a new perspective... This goes for both the mentor and the mentee...
Being a mentor also makes you self-reflect on your own actions, it makes you think.... What would I do in my mentee's place?
In my opinion, a mentor should be a selfless person. Somebody who wants to share. Somebody who is sympathetic to others. Somebody whose only reward is to see other people shine through him or her.
Should we be able to choose our own mentor? Definitely! Not everybody is compatible with everybody. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee is close as it is.
A big thank you to Debora Tepovich for her real interesting questions and views on the subject and the #ELTChat summary on Mentoring