How to be a Great Student Mentee


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How to be a Great Student Mentee

A great student mentee actively engages in the mentoring process, seeks to develop a strong relationship with a mentor that acknowledges the mentors professional experience and appreciates the time and effort the mentor is volunartily providing.  Expect that your mentor will be an objective advocate for you as you sift through the variety of professional opportunities and directions under consideration. 


Great student mentees:

  1. Have an open mind. Your mentor will share their own life experiences and careers paths which are different from your own.  Understanding that you can learn from your mentor's experiences even if your developing goals differ. Be open to frank discussions about your goals, strengths, aspirations, and ambitions.  This will help you organize your thoughts and think more clearly about next steps.
  2. Prepare for your Mentor Meetings.  This can include researching your mentor's industry, your mentor's company, and your mentor.  Make sure you have some questions ready --show you are interested!
  3. Know that Networking is the key.  Be open to networking opportunities that will help you know and in the future. 

  4. Follow through with your commitments.  This is particularly true when scheduling meetings with your mentor or any follow-up tasks to which you commit.
  5. Suggest topics to discuss that are important or interesting to you.  Don't assume your mentor knows what you are looking for in the mentoring relationship. Take initiative for planning part of a meeting, actively listen and contribute to the conversation.
  6. Be responsible in this relationship--be prompt for meetings, dress appropriately, and follow-up with a thank you note. 


Great mentoring relationships flourish when the mentoring pair:

  1. Develop a relationship based on trust and mutual respect
  2. Set goals for both the mentoring relationship and the protégé's future career.

  3. Actively engage in meeting time.  This can include gathering and preparing materials and information ahead of time.  An informal agenda outlining the direction of the discussion can help keep you on track.
  4. Plan activities together.  Go to lunch together, host an on-site visit at the mentors place of business or a 'shadow' day.  Introduce your mentor to your colleagues to practice networking and informal interviewing skills. Experiential opportunities are priceless opportunities for students exploring professional options.
  5. Provide each other feedback on how the relationship is developing.  Use this information to make informed decision about the direction of the mentoring relationship.
  6. Have fun and be creative in the process. 


Adapted from: FOSTER YOUR MENTORING RELATIONSHIP and information from Merrimack College Mentoring program