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Finding A Mentor

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to confidentially share information with and gain insight from someone with a wealth of experience who is willing to share their experiences with you?  That’s exactly what a mentoring relationship is all about.  As you think about finding a mentor, consider these questions to help direct what you would like to get out of a mentoring relationship.  If you’re ready to get started, just click here to fill out your profile and the Boston Chapter will match you up with a mentor.  But first, we suggest reviewing the information below to help fill out your profile in order to get the most out of your mentoring relationship.

  • Could you use a boost in achieving your professional development goals?
  • Are you facing a career transition?
  • Are you struggling to balance your career and personal life?
  • Are you taking on a new job role or moving to a supervisory role?
  • Do you want to increase your impact?
  • Do you need some help to improve working relationships or build effective teams?
  • Do you need to work more effectively with other departments in your organization?
  • Have you relocated from another area and need some help adjusting to a new culture?

What you get out of a mentoring relationship

Mentees have opportunities to interact with mentors in a confidential, non-judgmental and non-threatening environment. Mentees receive guidance and encouragement, which increases motivation, acquire knowledge and skills, and receive one-on-one feedback. Mentees can test ideas and talk openly to a mentor, something they cannot do with most managers.

Think about these things going into a relationship

  • Any specific skills you would like to acquire or develop
  • Any industry specific learning goals you may have
  • Do I want to advance or change my career path?
  • Am I ready to respond positively to suggestions that my mentor might make?
  • Am I willing to spend 1-2 hours a quarter to develop a good relationship with a mentor?
  • How can I take an active role in my development throughout the mentoring relationship?

Expectations of a mentee (that’s you!)

As a mentee, it is your responsibility to take ownership of your learning and development needs. Prior to the start of the relationship, you should assess your areas of strength as well as what you consider to be your development needs.  This lets you establish a mentoring plan and make it easier for a mentor to undersand your goals.

Mentees are expected to:

  • Initiate and drive the relationship
  • Allocate time and energy to the relationship
  • Be clear about what you hope to gain from the relationship
  • Take an active role in your learning
  • Seek and be completely open to any feedback that you receive
  • Follow through on commitments or renegotiate appropriately
  • Clarify points of agreement before dealing with disagreements
  • Achieve personal performance and learning objectives
  • Maintain frequent communication
  • Actively consider all advice you receive
  • Assume the relationship will be strictly professional

Mentees are not expected to:

  • Be the expert
  • Know all the questions you should ask
  • Get things right the every time
  • Fit all learning into one mentoring relationship
  • Look to the mentor for all answers about your work
  • Be passive in your relationship
  • Develop a close, personal friendship with the mentor
  • Assume your mentor has unlimited time for you.
  • Neglect to share the outcome of your mentor's guidance. 

If you’re ready to get started, click here to fill out your mentee profile.  Once you do, ISPE will match you up with a mentor.

Click Here for Frequently Asked Questions for Mentees


Page last updated: 6 October 2015