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How it works

The mentoring relationship is inherently flexible and can vary tremendously in its form and function. The mentoring relationship exists between one individual in need of developmental guidance and another individual who is both capable and willing to provide that guidance. Further, the mentoring relationship represents an important developmental relationship for the mentee as it supports and facilitates his or her personal development. 


Potential mentees search for experienced, successful people whom they admire and perceive as good role models. Potential mentors search for talented people who are "coachable."

 Both parties seek a positive, enjoyable relationship that would justify the extra time and effort required in mentoring.


Show your mentor you appreciate their time providing guidance and sharing their knowledge with you by spending some time thinking about what kind of mentoring relationship you want.


First ask yourself why you’re looking for a mentor in the first place. Is it because you’re looking for a guidance in your current personal situation? Or perhaps you’d like to discover new possibilities and need help developing your qualities? Or maybe your goals are even more concrete than that: You’d like to develop a skill by a certain date so that you can raise your hand for an opportunity when arrises.

Whatever it is that you want out of your mentoring relationship, establishing short- and long-term goals will help you determine what you aim to accomplish from your time together. Answering these questions for yourself will help you devise proper questions to ask your mentor.


What is the role of mentor: 

  • A mentor will challenge many aspects of the mentee’s life, including, but not limited to, career, relationships, goals, life plans, motivation, spirituality, and health.

  • The main objectives of the mentor are to help develop the individual’s ideas, plans, capabilities, growth potential, judgement and, ultimately, wisdom.

  • Mentors need to help mentees structure “how to solve their issues” versus providing “what the solutions may be.”

  • Last but not the least, mentor gives his/her personal commitment, energy and enthusiasm to make it work.


What is the role of mentee:

  • Mentees need to feel comfortable talking about their personal issues with their mentor.

  • A mentee should do his or her best to share as many details as possible about significant challenges, thinking, plans, and struggles.

  • Mentees should be responsible for taking care of the organizational aspects of the relationship, e.g. setting up and confirming meetings, taking notes, etc.

  • The mentee must commit to act on what was agreed upon with the mentor

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