What Is Reverse Mentoring?

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Back in early 2015, Forbes noted that “Millennials can’t find mentors.” But now, nearly five years later, we’ve embraced a curveball off that idea: “Reverse mentorship.” As you can potentially imply from the name, “reverse mentoring” is when younger workers — such as Millennials or Gen Z — become mentors to older workers, such as Baby Boomers. The most logical applications of this are around technology, social media, locating information quickly, and even current trends. We saw it play out politically when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a younger member of Congress taught older Democrats how to effectively use Twitter to reach their constituents. That’s the essence of “reverse mentoring” or sharing knowledge or

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