How to identify and work with a mentor?

A mentor is an experienced, trusted advisor who supports, guides, and encourages you in all aspects of your career. For this reason, it is imperative that you select an individual who demonstrates qualities and skills you admire.

What should you look for in a mentor? Is there a limit to only one? How should I approach him or her? What should I expect from the mentor-mentee relationship? How often should we interact? The seminar will discuss these and many more topics relevant to identifying and working with a mentor. Selecting such a trusted advisor is one of the most important decisions you will make in your career; you should clearly understand the approach, best practices, benefits, and pitfalls in order to make the most of the relationship.

Building trust and personal interest takes time. Active listening, notes taking, setting action items, following through, respecting each other’s time, and establishing an effective method of communication are crucial to a successful relationship. Get ready to identify, develop, and reap the benefits of working with one of the most important relationships you will ever have – your mentor!

Objectives

  • Understand the difference between mentor, coach, and sponsor
  • Recognize the value of the selection process
  • Discuss the mentor-mentee relationship expectations and working framework
  • Define what mentoring is and what it is not
  • Learn your role as a mentee
  • Reflect on mentoring best practices