Some organizations have formal mentoring programs, and in that case they need to determine:
- A timeline – how long will the mentoring program last?
- What are the goals and expectations of both parties by the end of the program?
- What will be the process? How often will the mentors and mentees meet, what types of events will they attend together, will there be any group meetings with other mentoring program participants?
- What are high priority skills that the mentee should learn?
Most of my mentee experiences were unplanned; when I served as an intern, my supervisors showed me the ropes of their office and organization. One mentor let me sit in his office to observe his interactions with almost everyone. I was not allowed to speak during those meetings, but could ask dozens of question after the meetings to understand the dynamic of what happened.
Stay tuned for Tip #2 coming next week!
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