As a mentor, are you available? Do you appreciate individual differences? Are you able to use self-direction and questioning in guiding your mentee? Do you celebrate in your mentee’s success? Are you able to provide your mentee with not only skill development, but networking opportunities, as well?
Mentoring relationships are often tailored to the mentoring needs in terms of providing career advancement interventions and psychosocial support. Mentors are encouraged to establish early on the expected roles and responsibilities of the relationship with their mentee.
One of the critical responsibilities for a mentoring relationship is to aid the mentee in setting and achieving career goals for short and long term aspirations, as well as, periodically evaluating new opportunities that arise. In addition, framing these career goals with respect to personal life ambitions and commitments is often necessary.
Mentees require honest, candid, time sensitive feedback from their mentor. Reciprocal and on-going feedback between the mentor and mentee is vital to the mentoring partnership. Click the image on the left to view a diagram of mentor/mentee feedback.