Mentees fuel the mentoring process. While mentors can help mentees work more efficiently, think more creatively, and be empowered to develop skills, it is actually the role of mentees to seek out their mentors for what they need. Mentees are responsible for initiating, defining, scheduling, and fulfilling their mentoring agreements.
Initially, finding the ideal mentor may be a daunting process. To connect with mentors, junior faculty should get in touch with their department’s mentoring leaders or their division’s mentoring champions. A mentoring leader is the mentee’s liaison with mentors.
The needs of a mentee may be diverse and vary over time. Therefore, junior faculty are encouraged to have multiple mentors to meet those needs by forming a mentoring committee. A mentee’s mentoring committee is a group of mentors who may provide advice on scientific decisions, guidance on work-life balance, or help with a specific professional goal. It is up to the mentee to decide individual goals and to work with a mentoring leader to find the faculty members that can help achieve those goals.
Once the mentee selects a mentor or a mentoring committee, develops the mentoring relationship, and establishes a mutual and productive working rhythm, the mentor-mentee connection will be among the most valuable in career developing. Ultimately, a mentor helps provide the mentee with an accurate career assessment and clear perspective into the mentee’s strengths and weaknesses.
The Mentee Guide is an easy-to-use tool that will help mentees to get the most out of the mentoring relationship.
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