Mentoring Tips for Mentees

TurkishWIN Mentoring Guide April2021
 Congratulations on your decision to join a mentoring program. As a mentee, you invest in your future and are off to an amazing journey! At TurkishWIN, we support our mentees with the TurkishWIN Mentoring Guide-  offering tips, recommendations, a sample mentoring agreement and more,  events, a newsletter, a digital learning cent...
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Congratulations on your decision to join a mentoring program. As a mentee, you invest in your future and are off to an amazing journey! 

At TurkishWIN, we support our mentees with the TurkishWIN Mentoring Guide-  offering tips, recommendations, a sample mentoring agreement and more,  events, a newsletter, a digital learning center, and other digital spaces. 

As a mentee, you will work toward building your skills and achieving your goals with the help of your mentor. You will lead and manage your mentoring partnership. 

 

SMART Goals

First things, first! Your mentoring journey is off to an amazing start if you have set SMART goals. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Action-Oriented, Realistic, and Time-bound.

We would like to share a few articles that may help you set SMART goals: 

 

Your Questions 

Before we share with you a list of do’s and don’ts- as thoughtful reminders, we would like to point you to the power of your questions in this journey. Change your questions, change your life! We will start off with a book recommendation:  “Change Your Questions, Change Your Life: 7 Powerful Tools for Life and Work” by Marilee G. Adams We love this book! 

Powerful questions are a mentoring journey’s most precious compass. You can find additional references and recommendations in the TurkishWIN Mentoring Guide. We wish you amazing sessions where your questions will shine and transform the conversation. 

TurkishWIN Mentoring Guide April2021

 

Now off to a shortlist of suggestions to guide you in your journey: 

Do

  • Be committed to this new relationship 
  • Define your goals early 
  • Have a written outline or an agenda for your meeting 
  • Be clear about your needs
  • Be willing to learn from others 
  • Be open to receiving feedback 
  • Be ready to step outside the comfort zone 
  • Respect your mentor’s time 
  • Consider all advice your mentor provides 
  • Learn about your mentor’s goals, career, professional development 
  • Show appreciation 
  • Ask for feedback 
  • Keep your relationship professional

Don’t 

  • Expect mentors to solve your problems 
  • Expect your mentor to define your goals 
  • Expect mentors to do your work 
  • Expect hands-on operational support 
  • Expect that you will be provided training or coaching services nor technical business advice 
  • Assume that your mentor has unlimited time for you
  •  Be defensive 
  • Talk negatively about your mentor 
  • Bring another person to your meeting with your mentor unless it is mutually agreed ahead of time

 

We hope this short summary was helpful for you. Now, go go go! 

You can join the TurkishWIN Mentoring program by joining us as a member. Our membership application is online at this link. Our dues are annual and you can join us any time based on a 12-month  rolling subscription. We cannot wait to meet you! 

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