Mentoring And Volunteering

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Mentoring And Volunteering

Being a part of a mentor-mentee relationship can be very fulfilling no matter which side you’re on. When you combine that with the act of paying it forward by volunteering you’ll find upsides to giving up your time and talent that you never might have thought existed. Below is a selection of some of my favorite resources covering the basics and benefits to getting mentored, being a mentor, or volunteering:

Mentoring

“One of my greatest mentors was Andy van Dam… He changed my life. I could never adequately pay him back, so I just have to pay it forward.” –Randy Pausch

Different Ways To Mentor and Mentee Expectations – This post goes over the different ways I typically mentor someone (or get mentored) and what I expect of my mentees based on those relationships.

My Other Mentoring Posts – I occasionally write other mentoring related blog posts on this site and you can find them using the mentoring category.
 
Your Job Is An RPG [PDF] – This is a pdf of an article I was commissioned to write for GameCareerGuide that covers all the major parts of getting a job, keeping your job, and advancing in your career. Although tailored for video game developers most of the core concepts and advice are suitable for folks in any industry.
 

 Volunteering

“When I give you my time, I’m giving you a portion of my life that I will never get back. So don’t waste it!” –Unknown

Creating A Volunteer Management Program – (Originally posted on my SheriForIGDA website) I have been managing volunteers for over two decades and taken courses in creating a volunteer management program. This is why I know that it is essential for this association to develop, adopt, and maintain a full volunteer management program that assists every facet of the organization. This should be a program that is based off basic principles and has a foundation based on the three R’s of volunteer management: recruitment, retention, and recognition.

Topic Of The Week Discussion – Although this post has an IGDA focused view, it does give a brief rundown of the basic premise behind “Topic Of The Week” (TOW) discussions and how many groups use them. I find TOWs to be an excellent way to keep people active in any community and are an easy thing for volunteers to make happen.
 
Your Job Is An RPG [PDF] – This is a pdf of an article I was commissioned to write for GameCareerGuide that covers all the major parts of getting a job, keeping your job, and advancing in your career. Although tailored for video game developers most of the core concepts and advice are suitable for folks in any industry.
 
My Other Volunteering Posts – I occasionally write other volunteering related blog posts on this site and you can find them using the volunteering category.

Don’t Forget! Managing your personal brand, networking, and continued professional development, are all keys to (and benefits of) becoming a successful mentor, mentee, or volunteer – which in turn can help you when you’re job searching – so please check out the other areas of the career resources section on this site for more tools, tips, and tricks!