Can I change mentors?

All of the mentors working with OpenClassrooms have been carefully selected by our Education team. Each one is an expert currently working in the field you are studying toward.

Every mentor must have worked in their respective industries for at least two years to be an OpenClassrooms mentor. But many have much more experience. Our vetting process ensures they are able to help you develop the expertise necessary to succeed.

But what if your program is under way and you want to change mentors? Or what if you are a mentor who would like to swap your mentees? Rest assured, it is absolutely possible.

Let’s first take a look at some of the reasons you may want to make a switch.

Reasons you may want to change your mentor (or mentee)

There are many possible reasons for a student to want to change their mentor. It could be a simple conflict of schedules. Occasionally, it may be due to a clash of different personalities.

Just as some managers get along better with certain employees than others, the same can be true for our students and their mentors. The learner may be motivated and the mentor a great professional, but occasionally their ways of working or their personalities can be very different. And surely, we can make a better match in order to facilitate the best learning experience possible.

At OpenClassrooms, we want each student to feel cared for and supported throughout their learning journey. Being matched with the right mentor is a big part of the equation.

How do I change my mentor (or mentee)?

Whether you’re a student or a mentor and you would like a change, you just need to put in a request. Students should contact their student advisors and mentors should send an email to the mentorship team.

We really want to avoid a situation where neither the student nor the mentor dares to ask for a change. There are plenty of other mentors available, so a change is entirely possible.

In order to avoid a situation where people don’t feel comfortable asking for a change, we don’t ask them to explain why they want to change. Of course, if the person would like to discuss their reasons, they are free to do so.

If you think that you could improve your learning by changing mentor, or if you are a mentor that thinks your skills and knowledge would be better suited to another student, please get in contact with us and we’ll do everything we can to organize a more satisfactory arrangement for all.

For more on mentorship, read our article: How to Optimize your mentor sessions. 

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