Foster Your Mentoring Relationship

Ask yourself this: Aside from general counseling, what specific things can I bring to the mentee that are not likely to be from other sources? There are many answers.

Qualities

1. A mentor should be an educator. Mentors talk about their own life experiences and careers.

2. A mentor is a guide, helping their mentee find their own direction, without doing all the work for them.

3. Mentors should be a good listener and able to give their mentee their full attention.  

4. Mentors are practical and accessible. They give insight, assist in goal setting and are available as resources.

5. A mentor should be positive and supportive. Continue to encourage your mentee that they too will find success.

6. A mentor should be a role model and lead by example.

Tips

1. Foundation and trust. Develop the relationship and define what type of mentoring both parties are willing to commit to.

2. Goal-setting. Guide your mentee to set up goals of what they hope to accomplish through both the mentoring relationship and their future career.

3. Be prepared. Gather and prepare material and information ahead of time.

4. Activities. Take your mentee to lunch. Speak on panels and/or at club meetings. Host an on-site visit at your place of business. Allow your mentee to shadow you for the day. Have your mentee experience some hands-on activities.

5. Feedback. Provide and ask for feedback about how the mentor-mentee relationship is progressing.

6. Have fun and be creative.

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