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Making a positive difference through virtual mentoring

Gabriel and Luciana are a dynamic, creative duo — and their mentoring relationship provides both with new professional insights.

April 24, 2017

Gabriel Ruiz: Growing up I didn’t have a mentor, so I had to deal with a lot of things on my own—for example, school, college and looking for a job. Becoming a mentor has allowed me to help out those who might be in the same situation that I was in.

A Rewarding Effort Mentor: Gabriel Ruiz, Engineer, Mechanical, UTC Aerospace Systems Mentee: Luciana, age 20 Question: Who or what motivated you to become a mentor? Gabriel Ruiz: Growing up I didn’t have a mentor, so I had to deal with a lot of things on my own—for example, school, college and looking for a job. Becoming a mentor has allowed me to help out those who might be in the same situation that I was in. I am able to help by giving them important information, tips and tools to achieve their goals. Question: If you and your mentor switched roles, what advice would you give your mentor? Luciana: Make spontaneous decisions! More often than not, making a spontaneous decision works out much better than expected. Question: How has mentoring affected you personally and professionally? Gabriel Ruiz: It has made me realize how much I do not know. I am always learning about different challenges that others face and new things about myself personally and professionally. National Volunteer Week United Technologies