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Roles and Responsibilities of Being a Mentee

Be a Communicator

  • Provide feedback, even if not requested, and seek feedback from your mentor
  • Participate in the development of a constructive relationship with your mentor
  • Develop and articulate a clear idea of where you would like to go with your career
  • Be a good listener
  • Communicate your ideas, goals, and concerns clearly and willingly
  • Do not be afraid to voice your opinion and take initiative to resolve misunderstandings

Be Proactive

  • Bring seriousness and energy to the relationship
  • Take the initiative in the relationship; be politely insistent about your desire to have a mentoring relationship
  • Assume responsibility for your own career and for identifying your career goals and objectives; take appropriate action to advance your objectives
  • Be insistent upon meeting with your mentor on a mutually agreeable regular basis

Be Respectful

  • Be flexible and understanding of your senior mentor's demanding schedule
  • Arrive promptly for all appointments
  • Show interest in your mentor's personal and professional life in an effort to get to know them (they'll be doing the same for you)
  • Do not betray confidences
  • Develop mutual trust and respect with your mentor; it is the most important element of a successful mentoring relationship
  • Openly show appreciation and gratitude
  • Follow through on commitments

Be Realistic

  • Formulate your expectations according to what your mentor is in a position to provide
  • Realize that one person cannot necessarily be a mentor in all areas that you may require or would like

Be a Student

  • Display an eagerness and desire to learn from the person that is your mentor
  • Be open to new possibilities and experiences provided by your mentor
  • Do not be overly sensitive to criticism; it is being offered to help you grow and understand
  • Be willing and open to change in behavior, ideas & perspectives


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