How to get ready for mentoring as a mentee
In the past years, I find more and more articles about mentoring. That is delightful.
I believe that the number of organizations that welcome or change mentoring in their organizations is also increasing.
Mentoring is simple and complicated at the same time.
It can be successful and unsuccessful due to many attributes. However, this time let’s talk about the mentee. And how they can determine if the mentoring will be successful or unsuccessful.
What does the mentee have to do to gain the most from the mentoring and encourage the mentor to search for more ways to help the mentee with their vast amounts of knowledge?
What does a mentee need to know?
- What do they need?!😊
Not just start looking for a mentor in a specific field, but first, make a list with answers to why do you need this mentor? How can he help you?
- Do you need a mentor specifically?
You would need to clearly understand the differences between mentors, coaching specialists, consultants, sponsors, therapists, etc. When you are sure about your choice, then you can start looking for your mentor.
- Who is your mentor?
A mentor’s experience in a specific field is essential, but it isn’t only one criterion for successful mentoring. Their personality and values are important as well. While you pick your mentor, you have to keep in mind that you have to trust your mentor.
When you are matched with your mentor by mentoring program team, then during your first meetings, you should discuss everything that would seem vital for you both so that you could trust each other. If your first meetings are not going smoothly enough and don’t build up the wanted connection, you should immediately talk with the Mentoring Program Manager.
- All “material” is what the mentee provided to the mentoring.
The mentor needs to prepare, but he can’t do anything if you don’t give them information.
- The initiative is in your hands.
You are the one who is motivated, organized, and cares about your mentoring relationship. You need to ask questions, share situations and your ideas. You have to help the mentor understand how he can use his experience to help you.
You have to prepare for your meetings and send information to your mentor that he could also do the same.
You control the mentoring relationship. If something not ok, you should talk with your mentor.
- Keep agreements.
During the meeting, look for directions, share ideas, agree on what you will do. And then – do it!
Do you want that the mentoring will be successful?
PREPARE FOR MEETINGS!
If you are a mentor, what would you point out to the mentee?