Finding a mentor can be a game-changer. It can help you grow in your career faster.
So when I was looking to grow my online business, I came across MentorCruise and found a mentor on the platform.
In this article, I’m going to share my honest experience of using this platform of being a mentee on the platform.
What is MentorCruise?
It’s an online mentoring platform that connects mentors with mentees, founded by Dominic Monn in 2018. The platform facilitates professional growth by offering 1-1 lessons, guidance, and support in various fields, including programming, data science, machine learning, and more.
How does it work?
Here’s how in a nutshell:
- A mentee applies to a mentor by filling out an application form.
- The mentor can either accept or deny the request.
- Once accepted, both of them get connected via the platform and can continue to work together.
As a mentee, you can go to their platform and choose a mentor in a field where you’re looking for guidance.
Once you choose a mentor, you have to submit an application to them. Don’t worry, you don’t have to write anything in a Word doc. You just need to answer a few questions on the screen 🙂
The main point of this is to filter out those who’re serious about mentorship from those who’re not.
Whether your application gets selected or not depends on the mentor. The main thing mentors are looking for is to see if you’re committed and whether they can help you or not.
Now to increase your chances of getting the mentorship, you can also jump on an intro call with them (for $39). This is what I did. I’ll my experience with this a little later.
When it does get accepted, you can start the mentorship after you pay the mentorship fee.
This fee is billed every month with the range being somewhere between $10/month to $500/month.
Every mentor decides their own rates while the MentorCruise platform takes a certain cut out of it.
What does the monthly mentorship offer?
You get access to:
- 2-4 calls every month.
- Unlimited chat support.
Once again, everything depends on how the mentor structures their program.
What do one-off sessions offer?
Instead of a long-term commitment, you book a single sessions and get advice on what matters to you.
- Introductory calls
- Portfolio feedback’
- Pair Programming
- Work Review sessions and more.
I found out about MentorCruise back in 2022. There was someone I had in mind back then but there were no slots available in her schedule.
Then while I was browsing the platform in 2023, I noticed a slot had opened.
Intro call with the mentor
Now instead of filling out the application form and waiting, I instead choose to get on an intro call with the mentor for which I paid $39.
I knew to work long-term with the mentor, I need to assess the motivation and vibe. Do we get along well? Do I enjoy the session?
As a former chess professional, I have learned that compatibility is very important when it comes to coaching.
Even if you have an extremely skilled coach but don’t get along well with them, it doesn’t end well for either party.
So from that sense, getting on an introductory call with the mentor made a lot of sense.
During the call, my mentor answered some of the ‘technical’ questions I had.
At the same time, she also made her expectations clear. It wasn’t going to be spoon-feeding or teaching. I would have to put in the work.
Her role was mainly to give feedback and answer any questions I have. And if I don’t put in the work, we would have to stop working together.
I loved it! It’s great to set expectations at the beginning and this is exactly what I wanted. I was willing to put in the work, just needed someone to guide me.
Later I still had to fill out the application form. But because the mentor knew I was committed (as I PAID for the intro call), filling out the application form became a mere formality.
TIP: If you want to work with a mentor long-term and increase the chances of your application getting accepted, booking an intro call is well worth it!
Mentors of which industry can I find on MentorCruise?
Most of them come from the world of business and startups. You can find mentors who can help you with:
- Growth Mentors
Pros of Mentorcruise
- Great if you’re working remotely.
- Mentors are actually experts in their field.
- Great for getting feedback on your work and career advice.
- Great if you know how mentorship works.
Cons of Mentorcruise
- Expensive compared to other mentoring platforms.
- Geared mainly towards professionals in business and startups.
Is MentorCruise worth it?
Yes, absolutely. It’s a legit platform where you really get to speak with people who’re experts in their industry. It’s perhaps best if you’re looking to find a mentor for the long-term and are willing to invest money in your growth.
Are the mentors on the platform actually experts?
Yes. To become a mentor, one needs to share their credentials. The MentorCruise team does a background check and also interviews them 1 on 1. Only after this process does the mentor’s profile become active.
Is MentorCruise free?
The platform offers a free 7-day trial while choosing a mentor. But after that, you have to pay a fee, depending on whether you go for a monthly membership or a one-off session, to get access.
If you’re a working professional or a freelancer, MentorCruise is a great platform to find mentors.
Hello! It’s Rana here. On this blog, I write about productivity and self-help. I share my personal experiences and offer solutions that you can use in your life 🙂