Qualities of a Good Mentee
- Personal commitment – preparing for meetings with the mentor and following through with goals/objectives set, taking responsibility to learn
- Flexibility – recognizing the need to accommodate changes as situations arise yet focused on the overall goal
- Openness – willingness to accept feedback, discuss areas for improvement, and ask for help, as well as share one’s needs and views with the mentor
- Open-mindedness – willingness to consider different ideas or opinions, to try new things, and to accept different points of view
- Initiative – ability to act or take charge to do something without being prompted to do so
How to be a Good Mentee?
- Be efficient and systematic. Don’t bring a long list of things you want the mentor to do for you.
- Be considerate to schedule meetings ahead of time, value your mentor’s time. Don’t expect the mentors to be available for you, whenever you want them.
- Be trustworthy. Don’t treat your mentor as a source of gossip to pass on.
- Be resourceful. Don’t expect the mentor to have all the answers to your questions.
- Be proactive, bring up relevant matters to discuss with your mentor. Don’t leave it to the mentor to decide on what to talk about every time.
- Be realistic and learn from mistakes. Don’t blame the mentor when advice given does not work out.
- Be curious and engaged. Don’t show disinterest, yawn, or rant during meetings.
- Be responsible, work hard, and put in your best effort. Don’t forget what you committed to doing.
- Be dependable. Don’t disappear into the void when your schedule gets crazy.
- Be professional. Don’t ignore mentor’s attempts to get in touch with you.