“A mentor needs to have a combination of knowledge and personality traits that help them understand their mentees’ professional needs and encourage their growth. A mentor has to be knowledgeable, skilled, and competent at the task or profession their mentee is starting to navigate in order to understand the challenges and make them aware of the available resources for them to thrive.”
Read more in the full guest editorial penned by Yuly Asención-Delaney “Why are Mentors a Must in Academia?” which offers personal anecdotes and general insight about the value of finding a mentor while in graduate school, and the role of mentoring after graduation.
Dr. Yuly Asención Delaney is a professor in the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at Northern Arizona University. She holds a Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics and has taught English and Spanish as a foreign language since 1989 in Venezuela and the United States.