The most successful mentees are those who are motivated and feel empowered to plan and manage the direction of their professional life. They take responsibility for their development, learning, and professional growth. Further, they come to the mentor/mentee relationship open to coaching, feedback, and guidance from the mentor.
The specific responsibilities of the mentee in the mentor/mentee relationship are to:
- Establish the mentoring agreement that outlines the terms of the relationship.
- Take responsibility for your own professional growth and development.
- Collaborate with the mentor to identify competency strengths and weaknesses.
- Initiate and communicate expectations regarding the mentoring relationship.
- Communicate clearly and professionally in a timely manner.
- Elicit mentor's advice on developing other informal mentoring relationships.
- Invite feedback and be open to discussions and constructive criticism.
- Participate as an active listener when receiving feedback.
- Keep any commitments made.
- Keep supervisor apprised of participation and progress in the AGS Mentoring Program.
- Maintain confidentiality within the mentoring relationship.
- Evaluate the relationship at various points.
- Think carefully about what you want out of the mentorship, what kind of mentor you’d like, and the questions you’d like answered. That way you can search for mentors that better match your interests. The more you know your own goals, the more your mentor can help you.