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How having, or being, a mentor can improve life outside the office

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In an era when we can work remotely, or spend our workdays buried in a cubicle, it's easy to feel isolated and alone.

One cure for that isolation is mentoring — whether that means finding a mentor or being one. 

Robert Pasick, career coach and lecturer at the UM Ross School of Business, joined Stateside to talk about the value of mentorship both in and outside of the office. 

“Being a mentor is passing on your knowledge to other people,” Pasick said.

For the mentor, it’s best if you value the work and life of the mentee holistically. In his own life, Pasick learned from two co-workers who were seasoned veterans in the field of social work. He said they helped him better understand the perspective of women.

While mentees get a lot of value out of having a mentor, Pasick says there are many advantages for mentors as well. The mentor can become intellectually sharper by describing and passing on their life lessons to other people.

“When you start mentoring or teaching, that’s when you really start mastering your own trade,” Pasick said.

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