Successful mentees take an active role in the mentoring relationship to maximise the input of their mentor. A mentee may be aiming to achieve a number of things with the help of their mentor, so it is important for a mentee to take some time to write down a few initial thoughts on what they want to achieve. These can be discussed at the first meeting.
Mentees gain most from mentoring when they use the action planning form throughout the programme. The action planning form is a tool that helps identify key objectives and maps the route, timescale and types of support needed to deliver the outcomes they prioritise.
Mentors agree to join the project for many different reasons, but whatever their individual motivation, they will be encouraged by a mentee’s that is enthusiastic and a committed to meeting regularly.
Do’s and don’ts
Do. . .
• Attend the induction briefing on how to get the best from mentoring;
• Agree convenient times to meet and/or email/phone;
• Consider carefully any actions that may be misinterpreted ;
• Accept increasing responsibility for managing the relationship;
• Record plans for key objectives on the action planning form;
• Prepare an exit plan for the end of the mentoring relationship;
• Seek advice from the Mentoring Co-ordinator if a problem arises.
Don’t. . .
• Become dependent on the mentor;
• Expect the mentor to know all the answers;
• Be over demanding on your mentor’s time.