MEETMENTEES: TECHNOLOGY AND MENTORING
- February 26, 2019
- Posted by: Isaac Atoyebi
- Category: Blog
In an article by MarketWatch titled “Millennials are taking over the workforce” it was revealed that in 2018 the number of millennials working or looking for jobs (56 million) has outnumbered that of every other generation (53 million Gen Xers who made up 33 per cent of the workforce and 41 million Baby Boomer who accounted for 25% of the total).
In another separate publication by UNC Kenan Flagler Business School titled “Maximizing in the workplace” it was revealed that by the year 2020 half of the entire U.S workforce will be made up of Millennials and by comparison, the percentage of the generation before them will relatively shrink.
As far back as 2015, research shows that millennials have already dominated a chunk of the workforce in the U.S and also across other parts of the globe. What this means is that most of those working today grew up around the internet and technology such as the computer. This particular generation has a different and unique view on how people should pursue or prepare for a career and one of their major concern is the practice of mentoring.
The idea of mentoring, where an experienced individual takes up a protege under his/her wings is not new. In fact, it has been in existence since the 13 century BCE and not much has essentially changed since then. The major change occurred in the technological gap that exists between generations today and the rate at which the business landscape continues to evolve. Because of the unpredictable nature of the ever-evolving market, the need for mentoring is at an all-time high.
In recent years, there have been complications and debates on how mentoring should work especially with the millennials. Obstacles such as the younger generations expecting to obtain information instantly have impeded the age-long face to face system of mentoring. The millenial don’t see the point of having a formal mentor when they can quickly perform a Google search to find out anything they need to know.
TECHNOLOGY AND MENTORING
The above problem led to the development and the birth of tech-aided platforms such as the meetmentees.com, an on-demand platform that allows the mentee to simply search and book a session with any mentor of his or her choice.
The changes in technology in the last few decades have revolutionized the way people communicate and, by extension, mentor. Some of the technologies employed by the mentees and the mentors in today’s world are; Skype, FaceTime, Zoom etc. These tools are direct replacement to the face to face mentoring system.
Learning how to harness them, and more importantly teaching non-digital savy how to use them in the first place, can bring more people to the mentoring table.
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