Mentorship is the New Black: New York Times Edition|
Specialists in the career development space can all tell you that the term “mentorship” has become a buzzword around the internet in the past few years. Mentors are requisite for success, we’re told. Without mentors, we have no support system, no structure– sometimes we don’t even know what career possibilities are out there without the proper mentorship programs or support structures in place.
Whether mentorship is an over-saturated hype word or still resembles something of a useful career strategy (hint: we bet on the latter), you’re going to find yourself reading about it whether you’re seeking out advice on it or not.
The Levo editorial team is on a mission: to root out sources that write frequently on the subject of mentorship and put their views under a microscope.
The New York Times & Mentorship
The New York Times expresses its opinion on the subject of mentorship frequently.
Mentorship is important. We all agree on that point. The New York Times summarizes their perspective succinctly in a piece called “For Children at Risk, Mentors Who Stay”(alright– the piece is on adult/child mentorship relationships, but the concept is there.).
This is cool. But it’s also fairly obvious. So tell us, New York Times: What do you know about mentorship– whatever that great white beast is– that we don’t know already?
Seriously. We dare you.
The New York Times strikes again with its “For Women in the Workplace, an Upgrade Problem.” This is a slightly more interesting point– or at least one that’s pointed out a little bit less often than all the other points about women in the workplace: that culturally, there’s no reason to really expect that men and women would have acclimated to a totally new culture in the short period since women have introduced themselves to the professional world.
Now for the “Duh” factor.
In a piece entitled “The Power of Mentorship” spectacularly devoid of any observation or criticism on the concept of mentorship, we learn the story of Gerald Chertavian. Gerald came from median means and started a foundation in Boston for the mentorship of youths.
Kudos to you, Gerald. I imagine all youths in Boston to be not unlike the young people in Scorsese’s “The Departed.” So in my mind, you’re fighting a good fight in the middle of a war zone. But seriously, we can learn nothing from the article on you.
Here’s a piece that’s spot-on: in “Helping Small-Business Owners Find Mentors,” Paul Sullivan writes about a few different programs that have had varied levels of success. Here are a few excerpts that drive home an oft-ignored point: that mentorship isn’t identical from situation to situation. And measuring whether or not a mentorship relationship is having any positive effect whatsoever can be quite difficult.
One great piece of advice from “How to Adopt Mentors Without Really Asking,” Shellye Archambeau has the following amazing advice: DO NOT ASK your mentor to BE your mentor explicitly. From that article:
For more on Mentorship from the New York Times, check out the following links: