26 March 2020 By Victoria Tomlinson
This platform is now closed and no longer accepting sign ups.
Our thanks to so many people who are supporting and signing up to our 500 senior people to mentor Yorkshire entrepreneurs and leaders campaign which was launched yesterday.
We have done this at speed to help entrepreneurs, business leaders and leaders in voluntary and public sector organisations through the pandemic. And because it’s been so quick (we only had the idea end of last week and found the mentoring platform my2be on Monday morning), we have not had time to do the usual information pack as to how it all works. Thanks for everyone just bearing with us as we get it refined and sorted! (I should say my2be have brilliant in doing all this so quickly)
So this blog is to explain how the platform works for both mentors and mentees.
A note first to explain my2be’s concept. They haven’t separated out mentors and mentees because they are about creating a community of people who are generous and will help each other – so someone who thinks of themselves as a mentor could need help from an entrepreneur who thinks of themselves as a mentee. We are in discussion as to whether this is right for the longer term, but this is how it works for now.
So once you are signed up, it is up to the mentee to search on the site – by keywords or looking at profiles and identifying someone who they would like as their mentor. But a mentor can reach out also.
The ways for mentees to find a mentor are
If someone looks a good fit, click on the Request Connection button and explain what help they are looking for. The mentor can then accept or reject – with a personal message in both cases.
If you are both happys, set up a mentoring meeting. All of this can be done through the site.
Please note, because of the support from Leeds City Council, the mentees should be from Yorkshire but we welcome mentors from anywhere. And if you really want help and are from further afield, we aren’t going to turn you away.
To make things easier for everyone we have listed some tips when signing up on the mentoring platform
You need to fill in your name, DOB, email and a password
About me and Looking for
There is a glitch at present about linking to your LinkedIn profile but we are working through this
Here is a VIDEO LINK: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7CtZGwspJA0 to guide you through the signing up process. It was created for the main platform and is quite American – we’ll try and do our own more tailored to this campaign when we get a minute!
A few tips when adding your details
For the mentors
For the mentees
5. On the left you will see suggested connections.
These are the people that show up as they are selected on keywords which you have added in the looking for box on your profile.
We don’t label people in the sign up process, so you can be both a mentor and a mentee. This allows for more peer to peer and reverse mentoring. Anyone who wishes to be a mentor doesn’t have to wait for a request from a mentee. They can send a connection request and select “I can help with”.
Yorkshire entrepreneurs and leaders
Victoria Tomlinson is chief executive and founder of Next-Up. Next-Up supports employers with a range of services for directors, partners and employees to help them understand the impact of retirement on mental health and create a plan to use their skills and experience in new ways to ensure wellbeing. A key part of our role is to inspire people with ideas and contacts, beyond traditional expectations. A former director of EY, she is an international speaker on unretirement, personal branding and using LinkedIn strategically as well as on leadership and women on boards. She mentors chief executives and directors, start-up businesses and ex-offenders. Victoria is Honorary Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University and chaired an advisory board for University of Leeds.