The Mentoring Relationship

An important element of the mentoring relationship is setting and facilitating clearly-defined learning objectives. The process may begin with a first meeting where both parties can discuss their expectations. More detailed objectives can be defined and adopted as the relationship evolves. At the first meeting start-up issues, expectations, and initial goals should be addressed.

On-Going Communication

Regular communication is important in order to effectively maintain the mentor-protégé relationship. Each mentor will be asked to record a short summary of their experience with the young protégé, probably on a quarterly basis. The Mentor Coordinator will also call the mentor periodically, and the mentor will be encouraged to contact the Coordinator if any questions regarding the relationship arise. The closer the communication, the more likely the program will be successful.

Evolution of the Relationship

After the first meeting between mentor and the protégé has occurred, the role of the mentor in regard to coaching, counselling, facilitating, and networking will begin to take shape. Both parties should come well-prepared to all meetings so that the relationship can develop smoothly.

Phases of a Mentoring Relationship
Possible Pitfalls

Benefits of Participating in a Mentorship Program

For the Protégé
For the Mentor