Starting Your Relationship—A Mentor's Point of
It is normal to feel a little unsure of things when you are
meeting your mentee for the first time. The following are some
suggestions for your first meeting, be it face-to-face, on the
phone, or online:
- Share your background, including some information on why
you made some important life and career choices. Try to share
something about a difficult time in your career, so your mentee
will be comfortable sharing similar information.
- Explain why you were interested in being a mentor. Ask your
mentee what he or she is looking for in a mentor.
- Ask a few questions about your mentee's current experience,
- Why did you choose this field?
- What are some short-term goals for you?
- What skills do you most want to develop in terms of
future personal and professional growth?
- Agree on ground rules about how often you will communicate,
how quickly you will be able to respond, and what level of
confidentiality is expected.
- Complete the
Setting the Ground Rules questions.
- Set up a date for your next meeting or phone call.
Relationship—A Mentee's Point of View
Setting the Ground