Being a mentee is an exciting and valuable opportunity
for any professional woman – at any age and at any stage of a career. It can
give you a sense of direction, build self-confidence, and help grow your
network. It’s having a role model to talk to, a coach in your corner, a champion
on your side, a guide in your professional journey, and an advisor who knows
following are some strategies to help mentees build a relationship with their
- You control the course of your own development. It’s
up to you to identify your goals for the relationship, as well as keep
the focus on achieving them.
- Use active listening skills in
discussions with your mentor.
- Be prepared to ask for specific advice
on your skill set, ideas, plans, and goals. The more specific you are, the
easier it will be for your mentor to respond.
- Be engaged and communicate clearly and succinctly.
- Be responsive and make it easy for your
mentor to give you honest, specific feedback. Ask for it early in your
- If you get some corrective feedback,
don’t defend yourself. Thank your mentor for being honest with you. Then follow
it up by asking for specific examples.
- Expansion of personal/professional network
- Build confidence
- Enhance career trajectory or
- Increased self-awareness and discipline
- Sounding board for ideas/plans
- Potential to accelerate development and growth
- Positive and constructive feedback on personal and professional
- Improve workplace skills
- Increase resources and tools to
solve workplace issues
- Achieve goals set forth
Expectations of ANUW Mentees
- It’s your job to develop and communicate your
goals, not your mentor’s job.
- Stay active and engaged in the relationship and
follow through on your commitments.
- Keep expectations realistic and clear.
- Accept both positive and negative feedback: it’s
important for your growth!
- Be yourself and be honest.
- Don’t be afraid of your mentor’s silence.
- Pay it forward.