Mentor having a conversation with two menteesOverview

Mentoring is a voluntary, intensive relationship in which a mentor empowers a protege in an intentional manner.

Strategies

Statement of Purpose

Prior to your first meeting with a mentee, create a statement of purpose that discusses why the mentor and mentee are entering a mentoring relationship. During your first meeting, discuss this statement of purpose and make sure it aligns for both of you.

Goals or Outcomes

Prior to your first meeting, jot down what goals or outcomes you would like to accomplish as a mentor. Also jot down what goals our outcomes you would like the mentee to accomplish. During your first meeting work with your mentee to clarify those goals or outcomes each of you hopes to gain from the mentorship. These goals don’t need to be perfect by the end of the first meeting. They can change or become more defined as the relationship unfolds.

Communication Plan

During your first meeting, determine the frequency in which you will meet and how you will communicate in between meetings. Be sure to add the meeting dates and times to your calendar.

Schedule Time to Have Fun

As a mentor, not only is it important to guide your mentee on their professional goals but it is also important to build a relationship with them. Take some time to get to know your mentee. If your mentee isn’t from your area, suggest meeting at a local spot for one of your meetings. If you are both into sports, suggest going to see a game together. Just be sure your mentee is comfortable with any environments you suggest.

Resources

Diving Deeper/Research