#best practices
  • Plan
    Posted on May 5, 2014

    Go into your mentoring conversation with an idea of what you want to talk about. The mentor and the protégé should both prepare beforehand with questions and points that they want addressed. 

  • Use a Mentoring Skills Inventory
    Posted on April 30, 2014

    It's always important to know your strengths and weaknesses as a mentor. Use a mentoring skills inventory to help evaluate yourself. Once you are aware of areas that need growth, work on trying to make improvements through working with your mentee. Click the link to see an example inventory document from sciencecareers.sciencemag.org

  • Honesty
    Posted on April 25, 2014

    Honesty is essential in any mentoring relationship. If you disagree with your mentoring partners opinions, let him or her know in a respectful manner. 

  • Be Unique
    Posted on April 23, 2014

    Remember that learning from your mentor does not necessarily mean imitating your mentor. Recognizing your differences while at the same time learning from their success is usually best. 

  • Take an Interest in Your Mentee
    Posted on April 21, 2014

    As a mentor, take personal interest in your mentee. Learn their goals, aspirations, and desires. Legitimate care for your protégé can help ensure future success. 

  • Feedback from Mentors
    Posted on April 18, 2014

    As a mentor, think carefully about feedback you want to give to your protégé. Try to create a balance between positive encouragement, and critiques on areas that need improvement. 

  • On Goal Setting for Protégés
    Posted on April 16, 2014

    Discuss expectations. Talk about how often you will meet with your mentor, and what you want to accomplish. 

  • Thank Your Mentor
    Posted on April 14, 2014

    Your mentor is taking time away from his or her own life in order to assist you. A little appreciation can make a big difference, and may encourage them to mentor others in the future!

  • More Than Just Mentoring
    Posted on April 11, 2014

    As a mentor, you have more to offer than just your knowledge. Use your networking and personal connections to assist your protégé in furthering their career or studies. 

  • Active Listening
    Posted on April 9, 2014

    Active listeners listen with energy. They sit up straight, takes notes, and ask questions. Active listening is essential in a mentoring relationship because it reduces confusion, increases mutual understanding, and shows respect for the other’s opinions.