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Career Development - Mentee Guide
Keys to a Successful Mentor/Mentee Relationship


A partnership is a relationship, frequently between two people, in which each has equal status and a certain independence, but also implicit or formal obligations to the other.

Mentoring is often thought of as a partnership largely because there are obligations, implicit or otherwise, that each party takes on. One key to a successful mentee/mentor relationship is to be aware of your obligations and take them seriously.

What obligations might you take on as a mentee? What challenges might arise for you in relation to these obligations? How can you partner with your mentor to meet your obligations to him or her?

Inviting a Mentor's Assistance

Because mentoring is most often a voluntary activity on the part of the mentor, it is important that you think carefully and intentionally about what you want from a mentor's assistance.

What most mentors are looking for from a mentoring relationship is:

There are a number of things you can do to invite initial and ongoing interest from someone to serve as your mentor.

Determining Your Needs

There are a number of ways to determine your needs.

Any one of these questions can help you define down your needs, which in turn can help you identify an appropriate mentor and help your selected mentor identify ways he or she can assist you.

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