Published on November 24, 2020 by Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc. in ARF Blogs
The truth is a lot of young adults understand they benefit from having a mentor and search for mentors when launching their careers.
We expect a lot from mentors, but what can be expected of a good mentee?
1. Communicate your needs in the mentor-mentee relationship. Being clear on your needs can assist your mentor in deciding which actionable steps they can take to advise you. Ask yourself what are your goals and be honest about which shortcomings you might have that can hinder you from achieving those goals. Do you lack self-accountability? Do you need assistance with your job hunt or access to networking opportunities? Identify your needs and communicate them.
2. Ask questions. Ask questions about anything and everything you are uncertain about. A healthy mentor-mentee relationship shouldn’t leave you feeling nervous to ask any questions, no matter how silly you might think they are. Your mentor is there to help guide you through all concerns you might have and help you make informed decisions.
3. Be attentive and take initiative. Do not be a passive mentee who only does the actions put in front of them. Think outside the box, take action, and look for opportunities to get involved in that may not be directly advertised to you. Be attentive to any opportunity that can bolster your skill set. Take advantage of free online courses and some certifications if you’re able to commit. Although it is important to understand your own needs and all decisions are ultimately yours, you should never forget that your mentor does have a level of knowledge in the field/industry that you do not possess.
4. Be receptive to feedback. Growth is important and any feedback your mentor gives you has your benefit in mind. In the words of Naomi Campbell “I already have my own career”; your mentor already has their own career and any feedback they give you to launch yours is their ultimate purpose. Do not take offense to feedback, consider what they have told you, and take measurable steps to improve.
5. Commit effort into your relationship. You should put just as much energy in your relationship with your mentor as they put in for you, IF NOT MORE. Fostering relationships is the key to networking and using resources available to you. When you communicate with your mentor often, you will be at the top of mind for opportunities they come across and could recommend you for.
Written By: Michelle Koduah, CMO
Autumn Rise Foundation, Inc.
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