Mentees are proactive in their professional and personal development and seek guidance, support, and encouragement from mentors to achieve learning goals and cultivate meaningful professional relationships.
There are many benefits associated with having a mentor. Establishing a relationship with a mentor will provide opportunities to discover your talents and skills; discuss your career aspirations and options; set goals and identify strategies to achieve them; receive feedback on your thoughts and ideas; as well as gain new insights and perspectives. Most of all, a mentor can offer encouragement and support when you need it the most!
- Be an AAO member (required)
- Be willing to participate in the program for at least 1 year
- Be committed to their own personal and professional development
- Assume responsibility for acquiring or improving skills and knowledge
- Be proactive in discussing development plans with mentors
- Understand the mentors’ role is to guide and support
- Create and define goals of the mentoring relationship
- Maintain confidentiality and trust of the mentoring relationship
- Be open and honest about their goals, expectations, challenges, and concerns
- Actively listen and ask questions
- Seek advice, opinions, feedback, and direction from their mentors
- Be open to constructive criticism and feedback
- Respect their mentors’ time and resources
- Be appreciative of mentors’ support
- Stay accessible, committed, and engaged during the length of the program
- Be comfortable in providing feedback to mentors regarding what is working or not working in the mentoring relationship
- Understand that mentees who are not meeting role expectations may be removed from the program
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I choose a Mentor? First complete your profile with information on what help you are looking for. Then browse through the list of mentors and create mentoring request.
- How long will the mentors be available? We ask our mentors to make commitments of at least six months to one year in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
- Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about membership, what to do? We encourage letting the mentor know about the situation and contact the Admin Immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
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- Take a proactive role in shaping the relationship.
- Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
- Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
- PUT THE TIME WITH MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings with mentor prepared with planned topics.
- Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
- Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses.
- If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.
- Ask for advice on everything. Have a purpose in each request.
- Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
- Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
- Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
- Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.