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2012

Mentee’s Guide

Mentorship Program

Northern Kentucky University


Mentee’s Guide 2012

NKU Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business MBA

MENTORSHIP Program:

Mentee’s Guide

To our Mentees: Why have a Mentor:

The NKU MBA Mentorship Program is designed to provide you

with resources to:

Receive guidance, advice, and encouragement from a business

professional in issues like career planning, conducting a job

search, balancing work and family, etc.

Increase your awareness of the variety and scope of economic

activities through increased exposure to the business

environment.

Help you develop a better sense of career options and career

strategies and gain insight into the day-to-day work of a

professional in a field of interest.

Help you develop personal traits that are important for success

through interaction with mentor.

Obtain knowledge that helps you to define internship

opportunities and career goals.

Give you a confidant to whom you can talk about your concerns

or ideas.

Expand your professional network

Further develop communication and networking skills

Provide a practical forum where academic concepts can be

discussed and tested

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Increase knowledge of a specific industry and profession

Mentees’/Students’ Responsibilities:

The responsibility is on the mentee to initiate and maintain

communication with their mentor.

Mentees are expected to act in a responsible, ethical and

professional manner at all times.

Mentees must keep in periodic communication with the

Mentor Program Coordinator and submit report on the

mentorship experience at the end of the year.

Mentees should understand the mentor’s expectations of him /

her and of the mentor/mentee relationship.

Preparing for your role in the mentoring relationship

Your mentor will be giving his/her time to share experiences,

perspectives and approaches to developing personally and

professionally. He/she will assist you in achieving your goals by

answering questions, providing insight into particular roles,

organizations and / or industries, assessing your strengths and

weaknesses. You should actively seek feedback from your mentor

and be receptive to the feedback you are offered. Be as specific as

possible when asking for information, ideas and suggestions.

Managing the mentor relationship

You should take the responsibility for setting up meetings with your

mentor.

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While face-to-face meetings are suggested, you can also use e-mail,

letters, phone or instant messaging as methods to maintain

communication with your mentor. Be sure to show up for scheduled

meetings on time. For each meeting, be prepared with a prioritized

list of topics or questions that you want to discuss.

If necessary, offer to reschedule a meeting, shorten it, or handle your

questions over e-mail. Be flexible as your mentor is volunteering his

or her own time, but remain committed to achieving your goals from

the relationship.

Tips

These practical strategies can help you build a relationship with

your mentors:

Remember that you own your development, your mentor

doesn’t. It’s up to you to identify objectives as well as keep the

relationship focused and moving forward.

Use active listening skills in discussions with your mentor.

Be prepared to ask for specific advice on your skill set, ideas,

plans, and goals. The more specific you are, the easier it will be

for your mentor to respond.

Be complete yet succinct in your comments and explanations.

Make it easy for your mentor to give you honest, specific

feedback. Ask for it early in your relationship.

If you get some corrective feedback, don’t defend yourself.

Thank your mentor for being honest with you. Then ask for

suggestions on how you can improve.

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Self-Evaluation: Clarify Your Interests and Needs

Before meeting your mentor, you should start by first undertaking a

critical self-evaluation.

For example:

What are the personal and professional goals I have for this

mentoring relationship?

What would I like to learn from this experience?

What are questions I have about this industry?

What are questions or concerns I have about career?

What are my strengths?

What skills do I need to develop?

VALUES/LIMITATIONS of the Relationship:

Like any relationship, this match involves an active process in which

the uniqueness, individuality and expertise of each member of the

pair needs to be respected. Your mentor will offer you lessons from

his / her experience, information, and suggestions on how to

approach and solve various issues. Be open to the information you

are offered. Recognize that some advice may seem irrelevant to you

at this time, but you may find it useful later on. Other suggestions

may not fit your particular personality style or approach. It will

ultimately be your choice as to how you will weave the insights

gained into your own evolving style.

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