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Good Mentees Take an Active Role

Posted on July 30, 2014

Mentees should be prepared for meetings, have an agenda, and present questions in a clear and concise way, says Kristina Deligiannidis (bio).

 

I guess there are a lot of qualities that go into being a good mentee. First of all, I think it's a very active role, not a passive one. So it's a dynamic relationship between mentee and mentor. The mentee should be prepared, should have an agenda, should prepare his or her thoughts prior to meeting with a mentor to really clarify questions that they want to get advice on and present that in a very clear and concise way to the mentor.

Mentors can be very busy. They can be mentoring several mentees, and it's not always apparent what the needs are of the mentee. It's important for the mentee to identify those needs that they're looking for advice in their career development and then for the mentor also to identify additional areas for career development and advice. But again, I think it's a very active role, and I think that the mentor is there, but the mentee has to kind of mentor up, has to really take advantage of the mentor-mentee relationship and actually guide the mentor into what he or she needs for their career development and the pace at which they're interested in developing that relationship.

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Excerpted from interview with researcher at the 2014 Career Development Institute for Psychiatry in Pittsburgh, PA.

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