• Develop a work plan that includes both short-term and long-term objectives as well as a
series of deadlines for completing each step.
• When modifications seem necessary, discuss these with your mentor and agree upon a
new work plan.
• Contact your mentor at regular intervals (expectations vary by discipline and stage of
study) to discuss your progress.
• Pursue additional training and experiences you need in order to achieve your professional
Good mentoring relationships can be richly rewarding, not only for the person being mentored, but for the
Mentors can, among other things, provide exceptional learning experiences for their mentees and, in doing
so, expand their mentees' awareness, insight and perspective.
Here are 10 things you can do to be a good mentor:
1. Be credible
The best mentors I've encountered have been people that have credibility in, and have personally achieved
success in, the area where I'm looking for support. For this reason, most people will seek the guidance of
different mentors to help them develop specific skills or qualities, or to help them reach important decisions.
Being credible doesn't mean that you need to have all the answers. The best answers for your mentee will
come from their own thinking, with the help of your wisdom to support them.
2. Be a positive role model
Good mentors are respected by their mentees. A mentee can learn a lot from their mentor simply by...