With the average career duration of 5-7 years in games, there is a shortage of people to offer insightful and professional mentorship in junior and intermediary roles. There is also a general lack of understanding about how to design a mentoring relationship, on both sides of the equation.
This talk will look at the who, what, when, why and how to have a great mentoring relationship. Often folks don't feel ready to be mentors - they believe they have to have loads of expertise before they can offer valuable insights to people earlier in their careers. Their imposter syndrome gets in the way of wanting to share knowledge. Mentees know that they don't know things but they aren't sure how to go about getting a mentor and they feel awkward asking for guidance. Better understanding both sides of the mentoring relationship will help you decide if you're ready to be a mentor or mentee!