A mentor can make a huge difference when being an intern, our first (or next) job, changing careers and when launching and running a start-up business.
Sometimes we learn best from someone who has been there, done it… and got the t-shirt.
When you don’t know what you don’t know, a mentor provides you, the protege – or mentee – the benefit of their experience. They can say what has worked or not worked for them because they have been in that situation, job or role. They guide, objectively… but the decisions you make are yours.
As a mentee, how do you ensure you get the best out of that mentor relationship?
How do you become a remarkable mentee?
Being a good mentee means:
- Maintaining a positive view of yourself
- Having faith and trust in the mentor
- Being willing to discuss issues openly
- Sharing with your mentor how you feel the relationship is working
- Accepting challenge willingly
- Recognizing the constructive intent of feedback
- Being active in your own development, not dependent on the mentor
- Taking a few risks in order to make progress
- Thinking about other ways to develop outside of mentoring
- Not expecting too much of the mentor and respecting their other demands
- Talking about the end of the relationship when the time comes
A good mentoring process can help you by…
- Providing helpful information, clarity and reassurance
- Gaining an overview of your role
- Providing an understanding of the organization
- Encouraging you to reflect on your practice
- Developing understanding and skills
- Recognize achievement and learning
- Supporting your choice of options and decision-making
- Providing a sense of being supported
- Providing a reality check
- Providing a role model
- Helping you grow personally and professionally
What has helped you be a remarkable mentee? What benefits have you gained from being mentored?
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About the Author: David Shindler is the author of “Learning to Leap, a Guide to Being More Employable”. An experienced coach and people development expert, David specializes in developing and accelerating employability. He also runs the Employability Hub (a social learning community and resource center), the Learning to Leap group on LinkedIn and Facebook fan page. Tweet David, or contact him via his website.