The Mentorship Series · Evelina & Maria

How mentorship sparked Evelina’s journey in transitioning into a Product Manager

How mentorship sparked Evelina’s journey in transitioning into a Product Manager

Maria and Evelina worked together for about four years at the same company, albeit in different teams. Maria was a product manager while Evelina worked as a customer support agent at Pipedrive. This is where their mentorship journey kick-started.



Evelina was not only mentored by Maria, but several other mentors during her journey towards becoming a product manager. These mentorships provide a clear success story as Evelina managed to transition into a product management role, which she readily admits felt like a daunting task.


Three key takeaways from their mentorship story:

1

Having a mentor that not only advises you but also believes in you, is incredibly impactful.

2

Consistent support and mentorship from peers’ help increase retention and longevity towards companies.

3

Human interaction in mentorship usurps any other kind of learning resources in terms of quality and a personalised learning journey.

The mentee’s mentorship perspective

Evelina’s transition to Product Management

Evelina’s complete move from Customer Support to Product Management took 14 months, from the moment she first contemplated the transition to her role as a Junior PM. Maria wasn’t the only mentor for Evelina, in fact there were 6 others involved, each offering diverse perspectives on her transition and strategies to navigate successfully. 



Evelina was able to get real world experience as she got involved in Product-related tasks. In her free time, Evelina even contributed to user interviews and attended meetings that were typically outside her usual scope.



One of the defining factors of her mentorship experience was the encouragement that she received. The move from support to product management seemed far-fetched but having mentors that believed in her made all the difference. What felt like a long and daunting road was managed largely due to the support and enthusiasm from her peers and mentors.



Impact of mentorship on her sense of ‘belonging’ to the company

Evelina reflects on just how vital a support system is, in terms of staying put in a company and feeling like you belong there.


Having the chance to grow within a company and knowing there’s support along the way really matters to me. As Pipedrive grew, I moved around different teams quite a bit. During my five years there, the ongoing support and mentorship from my colleagues were invaluable. It made a huge difference in how long I stayed at the company and how much I grew there.


Value of mentorship vs. other ways of learning

Evelina extols the ‘human’ virtues of mentorship. She believes it’s something that simply cannot be replicated by any other resources, either online or in books.


In my experience, mentorship has been far more valuable than traditional courses. I genuinely believe that one of the best resources we have as professionals is other human beings - whether it's for learning new skills or receiving mental support. Unlike courses, mentorship provides the human connection that is essential for real growth and understanding.


She dives deeper and talks about how contextual and company relevant mentorship can really make the difference.


My mentors have been instrumental in guiding my learning priorities. They helped me develop a practical action plan focused on what I truly needed to learn. For instance, I initially thought that mastering technical skills was critical for transitioning into product management, but my mentor pointed out that it wasn't necessary for my role at Pipedrive. Instead, I focused on skills that I could use right away, which made my learning not just faster but more effective.


The mentor’s mentorship perspective

Value added to Maria’s journey

Maria saw herself as more of a coach than a mentor, while working with Evelina.

One of the biggest things I've been able to help Evelina with is refocusing. I think of myself more as a coach than a traditional mentor. We often investigated specific work challenges, but mostly, our conversations were about bigger questions. I'd help her zoom out to see the big picture whenever she got caught up in the details. The real value now is that she has developed the skill to do this on her own. She knows how to step back and ask herself where things fit in the larger picture to not get too worried about single issues.


Mentorship is fundamentally about gaining new perspectives.


She reflects further on the internal strength gained from having a mentor.

“Having a mentor really helps prevent someone from feeling isolated and overwhelmed, and it can be the difference between them sticking with a tough situation or deciding to give up.”


Mentorship vs. other ways to learn

According to Maria there is no one single best way to learn, but there is something deeply rewarding about one-on-one mentorship.

As someone who values holistic approaches, I believe in the benefits of being exposed to various learning formats and channels. When you can see a practical example, discuss it with someone, or read about it in a book, your knowledge really starts to stick. There’s no single best way to learn, but what’s special about one-on-one mentorship is how deep you can go into your own personal context and situation. It’s just much richer.

The difference between long-term and short-term mentorship

Maria sees a clear difference between short-term and long-term mentorship.

Short-term mentorship often functions much like advising. In these cases, mentors provide immediate solutions or advice tailored to specific issues or questions. It’s quick and practical.


Long term mentorship on the other hand is a ‘slow burn’ but also rewarding in its own right.

Long-term mentorship, in contrast, is a more intensive and holistic process. It’s not just about solving immediate problems but about building a deep, ongoing relationship where the mentee can evolve their thinking and approach over time… This approach aims to change core beliefs and behaviours, a transformation that requires time and commitment.


It is clear to see the value Maria brought to the table when mentoring Evelina. She not only provided consistent help but successfully helped her transition to a completely different field by steering her with emotional, mental, and technical support. Finding the right mentor has helped Evelina transition into a Product Manager, something she herself doubted. That is the magic of mentorship.


Ready to transform mentorship in your company?

Book a 15-minute demo to see Meander in action or get in touch with any questions.

Maria and Evelina worked together for about four years at the same company, albeit in different teams. Maria was a product manager while Evelina worked as a customer support agent at Pipedrive. This is where their mentorship journey kick-started.



Evelina was not only mentored by Maria, but several other mentors during her journey towards becoming a product manager. These mentorships provide a clear success story as Evelina managed to transition into a product management role, which she readily admits felt like a daunting task.


Three key takeaways from their mentorship story:

1

Having a mentor that not only advises you but also believes in you, is incredibly impactful.

2

Consistent support and mentorship from peers’ help increase retention and longevity towards companies.

3

Human interaction in mentorship usurps any other kind of learning resources in terms of quality and a personalised learning journey.

The mentee’s mentorship perspective

Evelina’s transition to Product Management

Evelina’s complete move from Customer Support to Product Management took 14 months, from the moment she first contemplated the transition to her role as a Junior PM. Maria wasn’t the only mentor for Evelina, in fact there were 6 others involved, each offering diverse perspectives on her transition and strategies to navigate successfully. 



Evelina was able to get real world experience as she got involved in Product-related tasks. In her free time, Evelina even contributed to user interviews and attended meetings that were typically outside her usual scope.



One of the defining factors of her mentorship experience was the encouragement that she received. The move from support to product management seemed far-fetched but having mentors that believed in her made all the difference. What felt like a long and daunting road was managed largely due to the support and enthusiasm from her peers and mentors.



Impact of mentorship on her sense of ‘belonging’ to the company

Evelina reflects on just how vital a support system is, in terms of staying put in a company and feeling like you belong there.


Having the chance to grow within a company and knowing there’s support along the way really matters to me. As Pipedrive grew, I moved around different teams quite a bit. During my five years there, the ongoing support and mentorship from my colleagues were invaluable. It made a huge difference in how long I stayed at the company and how much I grew there.


Value of mentorship vs. other ways of learning

Evelina extols the ‘human’ virtues of mentorship. She believes it’s something that simply cannot be replicated by any other resources, either online or in books.


In my experience, mentorship has been far more valuable than traditional courses. I genuinely believe that one of the best resources we have as professionals is other human beings - whether it's for learning new skills or receiving mental support. Unlike courses, mentorship provides the human connection that is essential for real growth and understanding.


She dives deeper and talks about how contextual and company relevant mentorship can really make the difference.


My mentors have been instrumental in guiding my learning priorities. They helped me develop a practical action plan focused on what I truly needed to learn. For instance, I initially thought that mastering technical skills was critical for transitioning into product management, but my mentor pointed out that it wasn't necessary for my role at Pipedrive. Instead, I focused on skills that I could use right away, which made my learning not just faster but more effective.


The mentor’s mentorship perspective

Value added to Maria’s journey

Maria saw herself as more of a coach than a mentor, while working with Evelina.

One of the biggest things I've been able to help Evelina with is refocusing. I think of myself more as a coach than a traditional mentor. We often investigated specific work challenges, but mostly, our conversations were about bigger questions. I'd help her zoom out to see the big picture whenever she got caught up in the details. The real value now is that she has developed the skill to do this on her own. She knows how to step back and ask herself where things fit in the larger picture to not get too worried about single issues.


Mentorship is fundamentally about gaining new perspectives.


She reflects further on the internal strength gained from having a mentor.

“Having a mentor really helps prevent someone from feeling isolated and overwhelmed, and it can be the difference between them sticking with a tough situation or deciding to give up.”


Mentorship vs. other ways to learn

According to Maria there is no one single best way to learn, but there is something deeply rewarding about one-on-one mentorship.

As someone who values holistic approaches, I believe in the benefits of being exposed to various learning formats and channels. When you can see a practical example, discuss it with someone, or read about it in a book, your knowledge really starts to stick. There’s no single best way to learn, but what’s special about one-on-one mentorship is how deep you can go into your own personal context and situation. It’s just much richer.

The difference between long-term and short-term mentorship

Maria sees a clear difference between short-term and long-term mentorship.

Short-term mentorship often functions much like advising. In these cases, mentors provide immediate solutions or advice tailored to specific issues or questions. It’s quick and practical.


Long term mentorship on the other hand is a ‘slow burn’ but also rewarding in its own right.

Long-term mentorship, in contrast, is a more intensive and holistic process. It’s not just about solving immediate problems but about building a deep, ongoing relationship where the mentee can evolve their thinking and approach over time… This approach aims to change core beliefs and behaviours, a transformation that requires time and commitment.


It is clear to see the value Maria brought to the table when mentoring Evelina. She not only provided consistent help but successfully helped her transition to a completely different field by steering her with emotional, mental, and technical support. Finding the right mentor has helped Evelina transition into a Product Manager, something she herself doubted. That is the magic of mentorship.


Ready to transform mentorship in your company?

Book a 15-minute demo to see Meander in action or get in touch with any questions.

Maria and Evelina worked together for about four years at the same company, albeit in different teams. Maria was a product manager while Evelina worked as a customer support agent at Pipedrive. This is where their mentorship journey kick-started.



Evelina was not only mentored by Maria, but several other mentors during her journey towards becoming a product manager. These mentorships provide a clear success story as Evelina managed to transition into a product management role, which she readily admits felt like a daunting task.


Three key takeaways from their mentorship story:

1

Having a mentor that not only advises you but also believes in you, is incredibly impactful.

2

Consistent support and mentorship from peers’ help increase retention and longevity towards companies.

3

Human interaction in mentorship usurps any other kind of learning resources in terms of quality and a personalised learning journey.

The mentee’s mentorship perspective

Evelina’s transition to Product Management

Evelina’s complete move from Customer Support to Product Management took 14 months, from the moment she first contemplated the transition to her role as a Junior PM. Maria wasn’t the only mentor for Evelina, in fact there were 6 others involved, each offering diverse perspectives on her transition and strategies to navigate successfully. 



Evelina was able to get real world experience as she got involved in Product-related tasks. In her free time, Evelina even contributed to user interviews and attended meetings that were typically outside her usual scope.



One of the defining factors of her mentorship experience was the encouragement that she received. The move from support to product management seemed far-fetched but having mentors that believed in her made all the difference. What felt like a long and daunting road was managed largely due to the support and enthusiasm from her peers and mentors.



Impact of mentorship on her sense of ‘belonging’ to the company

Evelina reflects on just how vital a support system is, in terms of staying put in a company and feeling like you belong there.


Having the chance to grow within a company and knowing there’s support along the way really matters to me. As Pipedrive grew, I moved around different teams quite a bit. During my five years there, the ongoing support and mentorship from my colleagues were invaluable. It made a huge difference in how long I stayed at the company and how much I grew there.


Value of mentorship vs. other ways of learning

Evelina extols the ‘human’ virtues of mentorship. She believes it’s something that simply cannot be replicated by any other resources, either online or in books.


In my experience, mentorship has been far more valuable than traditional courses. I genuinely believe that one of the best resources we have as professionals is other human beings - whether it's for learning new skills or receiving mental support. Unlike courses, mentorship provides the human connection that is essential for real growth and understanding.


She dives deeper and talks about how contextual and company relevant mentorship can really make the difference.


My mentors have been instrumental in guiding my learning priorities. They helped me develop a practical action plan focused on what I truly needed to learn. For instance, I initially thought that mastering technical skills was critical for transitioning into product management, but my mentor pointed out that it wasn't necessary for my role at Pipedrive. Instead, I focused on skills that I could use right away, which made my learning not just faster but more effective.


The mentor’s mentorship perspective

Value added to Maria’s journey

Maria saw herself as more of a coach than a mentor, while working with Evelina.

One of the biggest things I've been able to help Evelina with is refocusing. I think of myself more as a coach than a traditional mentor. We often investigated specific work challenges, but mostly, our conversations were about bigger questions. I'd help her zoom out to see the big picture whenever she got caught up in the details. The real value now is that she has developed the skill to do this on her own. She knows how to step back and ask herself where things fit in the larger picture to not get too worried about single issues.


Mentorship is fundamentally about gaining new perspectives.


She reflects further on the internal strength gained from having a mentor.

“Having a mentor really helps prevent someone from feeling isolated and overwhelmed, and it can be the difference between them sticking with a tough situation or deciding to give up.”


Mentorship vs. other ways to learn

According to Maria there is no one single best way to learn, but there is something deeply rewarding about one-on-one mentorship.

As someone who values holistic approaches, I believe in the benefits of being exposed to various learning formats and channels. When you can see a practical example, discuss it with someone, or read about it in a book, your knowledge really starts to stick. There’s no single best way to learn, but what’s special about one-on-one mentorship is how deep you can go into your own personal context and situation. It’s just much richer.

The difference between long-term and short-term mentorship

Maria sees a clear difference between short-term and long-term mentorship.

Short-term mentorship often functions much like advising. In these cases, mentors provide immediate solutions or advice tailored to specific issues or questions. It’s quick and practical.


Long term mentorship on the other hand is a ‘slow burn’ but also rewarding in its own right.

Long-term mentorship, in contrast, is a more intensive and holistic process. It’s not just about solving immediate problems but about building a deep, ongoing relationship where the mentee can evolve their thinking and approach over time… This approach aims to change core beliefs and behaviours, a transformation that requires time and commitment.


It is clear to see the value Maria brought to the table when mentoring Evelina. She not only provided consistent help but successfully helped her transition to a completely different field by steering her with emotional, mental, and technical support. Finding the right mentor has helped Evelina transition into a Product Manager, something she herself doubted. That is the magic of mentorship.


Ready to transform mentorship in your company?

Book a 15-minute demo to see Meander in action or get in touch with any questions.

Maria and Evelina worked together for about four years at the same company, albeit in different teams. Maria was a product manager while Evelina worked as a customer support agent at Pipedrive. This is where their mentorship journey kick-started.



Evelina was not only mentored by Maria, but several other mentors during her journey towards becoming a product manager. These mentorships provide a clear success story as Evelina managed to transition into a product management role, which she readily admits felt like a daunting task.


Three key takeaways from their mentorship story:

1

Having a mentor that not only advises you but also believes in you, is incredibly impactful.

2

Consistent support and mentorship from peers’ help increase retention and longevity towards companies.

3

Human interaction in mentorship usurps any other kind of learning resources in terms of quality and a personalised learning journey.

The mentee’s mentorship perspective

Evelina’s transition to Product Management

Evelina’s complete move from Customer Support to Product Management took 14 months, from the moment she first contemplated the transition to her role as a Junior PM. Maria wasn’t the only mentor for Evelina, in fact there were 6 others involved, each offering diverse perspectives on her transition and strategies to navigate successfully. 



Evelina was able to get real world experience as she got involved in Product-related tasks. In her free time, Evelina even contributed to user interviews and attended meetings that were typically outside her usual scope.



One of the defining factors of her mentorship experience was the encouragement that she received. The move from support to product management seemed far-fetched but having mentors that believed in her made all the difference. What felt like a long and daunting road was managed largely due to the support and enthusiasm from her peers and mentors.



Impact of mentorship on her sense of ‘belonging’ to the company

Evelina reflects on just how vital a support system is, in terms of staying put in a company and feeling like you belong there.


Having the chance to grow within a company and knowing there’s support along the way really matters to me. As Pipedrive grew, I moved around different teams quite a bit. During my five years there, the ongoing support and mentorship from my colleagues were invaluable. It made a huge difference in how long I stayed at the company and how much I grew there.


Value of mentorship vs. other ways of learning

Evelina extols the ‘human’ virtues of mentorship. She believes it’s something that simply cannot be replicated by any other resources, either online or in books.


In my experience, mentorship has been far more valuable than traditional courses. I genuinely believe that one of the best resources we have as professionals is other human beings - whether it's for learning new skills or receiving mental support. Unlike courses, mentorship provides the human connection that is essential for real growth and understanding.


She dives deeper and talks about how contextual and company relevant mentorship can really make the difference.


My mentors have been instrumental in guiding my learning priorities. They helped me develop a practical action plan focused on what I truly needed to learn. For instance, I initially thought that mastering technical skills was critical for transitioning into product management, but my mentor pointed out that it wasn't necessary for my role at Pipedrive. Instead, I focused on skills that I could use right away, which made my learning not just faster but more effective.


The mentor’s mentorship perspective

Value added to Maria’s journey

Maria saw herself as more of a coach than a mentor, while working with Evelina.

One of the biggest things I've been able to help Evelina with is refocusing. I think of myself more as a coach than a traditional mentor. We often investigated specific work challenges, but mostly, our conversations were about bigger questions. I'd help her zoom out to see the big picture whenever she got caught up in the details. The real value now is that she has developed the skill to do this on her own. She knows how to step back and ask herself where things fit in the larger picture to not get too worried about single issues.


Mentorship is fundamentally about gaining new perspectives.


She reflects further on the internal strength gained from having a mentor.

“Having a mentor really helps prevent someone from feeling isolated and overwhelmed, and it can be the difference between them sticking with a tough situation or deciding to give up.”


Mentorship vs. other ways to learn

According to Maria there is no one single best way to learn, but there is something deeply rewarding about one-on-one mentorship.

As someone who values holistic approaches, I believe in the benefits of being exposed to various learning formats and channels. When you can see a practical example, discuss it with someone, or read about it in a book, your knowledge really starts to stick. There’s no single best way to learn, but what’s special about one-on-one mentorship is how deep you can go into your own personal context and situation. It’s just much richer.

The difference between long-term and short-term mentorship

Maria sees a clear difference between short-term and long-term mentorship.

Short-term mentorship often functions much like advising. In these cases, mentors provide immediate solutions or advice tailored to specific issues or questions. It’s quick and practical.


Long term mentorship on the other hand is a ‘slow burn’ but also rewarding in its own right.

Long-term mentorship, in contrast, is a more intensive and holistic process. It’s not just about solving immediate problems but about building a deep, ongoing relationship where the mentee can evolve their thinking and approach over time… This approach aims to change core beliefs and behaviours, a transformation that requires time and commitment.


It is clear to see the value Maria brought to the table when mentoring Evelina. She not only provided consistent help but successfully helped her transition to a completely different field by steering her with emotional, mental, and technical support. Finding the right mentor has helped Evelina transition into a Product Manager, something she herself doubted. That is the magic of mentorship.


Ready to transform mentorship in your company?

Book a 15-minute demo to see Meander in action or get in touch with any questions.