A mentor serves as a learning broker, coach, trusted advisor and a sounding board for issues relating to the mentee's career goals and development. A mentor provides feedback, advice, and counsel to assist the mentee in developing and growing in a career in the jewelry industry.
The specific responsibilities of the mentors in the mentor/mentee relationship are to:
- Set goals.
- Establish mentoring agreements that outline the terms of the relationship.
- Communicate with mentees regularly, as established by the mentoring agreement.
- State clearly your time availability.
- Meet as often as your schedules permit.
- Keep any commitments made or communicate in a timely manner if you need to re-schedule.
- Maintain confidentiality within mentoring relationships.
- Provide advice, coaching, and/or feedback to mentees on a regular and timely basis.
- Evaluate the relationship at various points.
- Suggest appropriate training and education.
- Serve as a source of information and resources.
- Setting goals with your mentee at the beginning of the relationship is critical because it gives direction to the relationship and informs you how to help the mentee.
- If your mentee doesn’t know his/her goals, this can be your first mentoring moment. You can ask questions such as “What made you sign up for the mentoring program?” “What are your specific concerns and questions right now?” or simply “How can I help you?”
- Remember, goal setting can be a process, so make a point to check in and ask the mentee if his/her priorities are changing or evolving.
- Talk about skills the mentee could acquire to add value.
- Provide suggestions and advice on goals and activities that might lead to rewarding career opportunities.
- Share stories about how others made their way in the profession that might be relevant to the mentee.
- Be a catalyst for the mentee developing his/her own network. Point to others he/she might reach out to and engage.
- Contribute to the success of mentee.
- Share expertise with others.
- Enhance leadership skills by developing others.
- Expand professional network by working with the mentee and participating in networking events.
- Learn from mentee.