Are you about to embark on a mentor and mentee relationship? Before you get started, it's vital to have a clear understanding of the expectations, roles, and responsibilities that will help shape mentor and mentee for success.
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The role of a mentor is simple: Provide guidance and support to a mentee to help them develop professional and personal skills. During a mentor-mentee relationship, a mentor will wears different hats and take on roles that help the mentor achieve their goals.
As for the role of the mentee, it’s simple too: To learn and absorb as much information as they can from the mentor. While the role of the mentee is less varied, they still play an integral role in the relationship.
When it comes to responsibilities of a mentor, it starts with providing guidance. Mentors give candid feedback, share personal anecdotes, and communicate hidden rules of the professional world. What makes a mentor-mentee relationship unique is how the mentor is personally invested in the mentee’s professional and personal growth.
For mentees, roles and responsibilities tend to overlap. Being proactive when planning is a key duty. From setting up the times and dates of the meeting, planning destinations of the meeting, and creating a thorough agenda — mentees take care of all those small details.
Aside from the planning aspect, it’s vital that mentees display authentic excitement and eagerness to learn from the mentor. Remember, mentors don't get paid for mentoring. They make time to help because they're personal invested in the mentee. So, be sure to appreciate their time.
No mentor and mentee relationship are the same. They come in different shapes and sizes. However, there are key qualities that each mentor-mentee relationship should have posses:
There’s no such thing as the perfect mentor and mentee relationship. Each relationship is unique to the people involved. Whether you're exchanging career advice or personal stories, a mentor and mentee should have mutual respect for each other. And who knows? This mentor and mentee relationship might transcend to a life-long friendship.