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How can I be a mentee?

You can fill out your mentee application in four quick steps:  Create a mentee profile (under edit profile menu) Pick a mentor and indicate your interest at: https://turkishwin.com/mentors  You will…

You can fill out your mentee application in four quick steps: 

  1. Create a mentee profile (under edit profile menu)
  2. Pick a mentor and indicate your interest at: https://turkishwin.com/mentors image.png
  3. You will hear back directly from your mentor re: the application in 3 weeks.
  4. Our team will communicate to you re: the next steps of your mentoring journey via email.

It is easy-breezy! 

When is the best time in my career to have a mentor?

The best time to have a mentor is always now. Because mentoring is a learning relationship, it is beneficial to all people regardless of age or stage. It is never…

The best time to have a mentor is always now. Because mentoring is a learning relationship, it is beneficial to all people regardless of age or stage. It is never too early for learning and goal development, and it is never too late. Mentors too, want to be mentored!

Who do I choose to be my mentor?

Work backwards from your mentoring goal. What do you want to accomplish? Then, you can search and find a mentor who has had similar experiences and has faced the same…

Work backwards from your mentoring goal. What do you want to accomplish? Then, you can search and find a mentor who has had similar experiences and has faced the same decisions. Since we are a cozy network, you can schedule a 1:1 meeting with members you have identified for an informal chat to get to know them better to find the perfect match for you. 

You can surf the TurkishWIN mentors at this link.

How Can I Reflect on My Mentoring Journey as a mentee?

You are awesome! You are carving time and energy to invest in your personal development. A mentee's journey flows, when three magical elements are in her mentoring relationship: Passion for…

You are awesome! You are carving time and energy to invest in your personal development.

A mentee's journey flows, when three magical elements are in her mentoring relationship: Passion for self-development, openness, and trust.

The first step to self-development is self-reflection. We invite you to take a moment to simmer on these questions:

  • What do I expect from mentoring and my mentor?
  • What are my development areas? Did I identify my needs clearly?
  • What do I expect from myself?
  • Am I open to going outside of my comfort zone?
  • Am I open to receiving feedback? How comfortable am I with giving feedback?
  • When do I get defensive?
  • What do I do when I stumble?
  • When and how do I ask for help? When will I ask for help from my mentor?
  • How do I keep myself motivated?
  • Will I make myself and this mentoring relationship a priority to make the best use of the next 6 months?

How did you feel completing this exercise?

We know you are a rockstar- keep on shining!

How do I know if I chose the right goals to focus on?

Goal-setting is most effective when it is done in the context of a greater vision. This requires taking the time to think clearly about what the purpose of your mentoring…

Goal-setting is most effective when it is done in the context of a greater vision. This requires taking the time to think clearly about what the purpose of your mentoring is and where you want to be at the conclusion of the mentoring relationship.

What skills, competencies, experiences, and knowledge will you need to have to reach your goal? Which of these do you have now? When you identify the gap between where you are and where you want to be, the goals will emerge. Empowered with this knowledge, you can seek the mentoring relationship that works for you.

We highly recommend that you set SMART goals. Remember you have 6 months in this journey. 

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:

I didn't hear back after I created my mentee application. What should I do?

Fabulous, you have completed the first step and set a goal by completing your mentee application. Now, it is time for you to pick your mentor and apply for a…

Fabulous, you have completed the first step and set a goal by completing your mentee application. Now, it is time for you to pick your mentor and apply for a match! Surf the available turkishwin mentors at this link and send your request.  When your request is approved by your mentor,  your mentoring journey will begin!

 

I have applied to a mentor and have not heard back. What should I do?

We give our mentors a grace period of three weeks to confirm applications. You will hear back soon, no worries!  You can always email our team at info@turkishwin.com for any…

We give our mentors a grace period of three weeks to confirm applications. You will hear back soon, no worries!  You can always email our team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any questions you may have. 

If it has been over 3 weeks, which sometimes can happen because it may not be a good time for her, you can apply for a new mentor. We have amazing TurkishWINners, who are waiting to meet you. If you would consider finding another mentor, you can follow this link. 

I applied to a mentor but am not matched yet. Is it possible to change my mentor application and pick a new mentor?

Yes! Please visit your Mentoring Hub in your profile and cancel your request. After cancellation, you can apply to a new mentor!

Yes! Please visit your Mentoring Hub in your profile and cancel your request. After cancellation, you can apply to a new mentor!

I want to change my mentoring goals. How can I do that?

Easy breezy! You can update your mentoring form from your TurkisWIN profile (edit profile/mentee form).

Easy breezy! You can update your mentoring form from your TurkisWIN profile (edit profile/mentee form).

Can I have more than one mentor at the same time?

No, you can have only one mentor at a time. We have set this restriction based on experience. When WINNers commit to a goal, they focus on it 100% which…

No, you can have only one mentor at a time. We have set this restriction based on experience. When WINNers commit to a goal, they focus on it 100% which leaves almost no room for a second engagement. 

That said, we highly recommend that you build your personal board of advisors with amazing women you meet at TurkishWIN. There is absolutely no limit to how many rockstar women you can meet in our sisterhood. 

Do you have tips to build a solid communication channel with my mentor?

Yes! As the mentee, we ask you to  lead in defining your relationship boundaries, meeting agenda, communication channels, meeting dates, defining what makes this relationship safe for you, work style,…

Yes! As the mentee, we ask you to  lead in defining your relationship boundaries, meeting agenda, communication channels, meeting dates, defining what makes this relationship safe for you, work style, etc.

In particular, we recommend that you ask your mentor re: the frequency of your meetings and her preferred channels of communication. Some mentors stick to a monthly meeting schedule with recurring calendar invitations and set agendas. Others may be open to constant WhatsApp banter and bi-weekly meetings. 

How can I get ready for the first meeting with my mentor?

Your first meeting will be special. Are you ready?  Here is a short checklist for you:  Sum up your working history  Write a mentoring objective statement  Check out SWOT or…

Your first meeting will be special. Are you ready? 

Here is a short checklist for you: 

  • Sum up your working history 
  • Write a mentoring objective statement 
  • Check out SWOT or GROW models to frame your development journey. You can download Sample Mentee Development Plan and other resources at this link. 

You can simmer on these questions as you prepare: 

  1. What are your professional/personal goals and objectives?
  2. What kind of challenges are you facing that you would like to challenge with your mentor?
  3. What are the three things you would like to achieve through the mentoring program? Rank them in order of importance.
  4. What are the three things you would like your mentor to provide?
  5. Which skills do you desire to develop in the next 6 months?
  6. Where do you see yourself in five years? Ten years? How do you see yourself growing (personally/professionally)
  7. What are your priorities?
  8. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  9. What makes you unique?
  10. What do you expect from yourself and your mentor on this journey?
  11. Keep asking yourself “does this help me achieve what I want to be?"
  12. How open are you to improve? How willing are you to step out of your comfort zone?
  13. How open are you to receive feedback? How comfortable do you feel about giving feedback? In what situations do you find it difficult or defensive?
  14. What will you do when you face a challenge, an obstacle, or unwittingly resist change? How will you motivate yourself?
  15. What are the internal resources that you can take advantage of?
  16. What do you need to do to be prepared and stay on track when you have difficulties?

 

I am a mentee. Can I become a mentor at the same time?

Yes! Every one of us is the master of our own universe and has something to offer. You can fill out both applications at the same time.

Yes! Every one of us is the master of our own universe and has something to offer. You can fill out both applications at the same time.

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