5 tips on how to work effectively with your mentor

Got a mentor? That’s great. Taking the first step and asking someone to be your mentor is the first step. Whether you choose this seasoned pro to help hone your skills or give you long-term career advice, it’s up to you to drive the relationship – so you get the most out of the time you’re both putting in.

Mentorship is a two-way street. Follow these tips to ensure that you’ve maximise your mentorship and jumpstart your career.

 

Put aside your ego

If you’re the type of go—getter who’s upping your job game with the help of a mentor, you’re probably a motivated, driven and accomplished person yourself. But in this role, you’ve got to remember that you’re the student, and that he or she is the teacher. So, relax and allow yourself to be taught. Remember to respect your mentor’s opinion, considering everything they say carefully, and ultimately, taking your ego down a notch.

Set a consistent meeting schedule

Chances are, your mentor is extremely busy. They did not get to where they are by slacking off. So be respectful of your mentor’s time by scheduling your meetings in whatever way is most convenient for them. Such meetings or check-ins could be in-person, via skype, or over the phone – whatever that slows the mentorship to fit seamlessly into the mentor’s schedule.

Develop short and long-term goals

It is the key that you are honest with your mentor about every aspect of your career – your goals, aspirations, strengths and weaknesses. Set SMART goals; making them specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound in order for them to make a direct impact on your life.

Don’t take advantage of it

Don’t take the relationship with your mentor for granted. Be prepared and have informed conversations about your career and business issues. Be candid so you can work toward the right solution. Be open to criticism, it is something you have to be prepared to accept for a constructive learning.

By reflecting on what you want to achieve, you will have a clearer representation of your inner desires by prioritizing the things that brings you closer towards your goals.

Be grateful, and keep in touch

Usually, mentors don’t owe you anything. They’re taking you under their wing under the goodness of their hearts. Send them thank you notes, or little thoughtful gifts on occasions to express gratitude and appreciation. Should you leave your current company and is successful in other companies, remember to drop your mentors a call or invite them out for a lunch. Someday, you may find the roles reversed, so it’s important to be grateful, especially after you’ve found success.

 

The most wonderful thing about the mentor-mentee relationship, and all its possibilities, it that successful people are very open to others. They key word is “Ask!”. Don’t be afraid to ask people for their input and advice. Ask them for guidance, ideas and opinions.

 

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