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Mentoring pilot interview with Yemo Guo

06 November 2019

Have you had a mentor or been a mentor? Please can you describe the experience in a few words.

Photo of Yemo Guo

I have been both a mentor and mentee. A great mentor isn’t one that solves your problems but one that provides perspective based on their experiences and encourages exploring various solutions. I learned as a mentee that your mentor isn’t necessarily going to be able to solve any of your problems – they are not there to be silver bullets or to be the shortcut to success.

How do you think mentoring could assist /assists/assisted you with your career and personal development?

Mentoring helps foster relationships and when it’s done right, it creates long term connections which are useful down the line. Personally, I’ve been able to leverage this both ways (facilitating for the other person or utilising my network personally) to achieve the right outcomes.

In a recent NZLS Lawyer Survey only 36% of lawyers reported feeling well connected to others in the profession, and just 29% of lawyers agreed that the legal profession values diversity and inclusion and meets the needs of diverse groups. In your view, how can mentoring programmes help?

It’s difficult to say as mentoring programmes of this nature will focus on career development, rather than the diversity or inclusion aspects of the profession. However, I think a good pairing between individuals with similar personal values will definitely help foster and encourage inclusion and diversity.

How can mentees drive the mentoring relationship?

Being concise and try to find ways to add value to the relationship. Don’t just take – try to give something back for the relationship.

Last updated on the 6th November 2019