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Successful Mentoring Programs

  • Mentees should prepare by clearly articulating their career development needs.

  • Both pairs formed arbitrarily and pairs formed by choice have worked well.

  • Some degree of professional or personal overlap enhances the mentoring relationship; pairs that are too close or too distant are not as successful.

  • It is useful to draw up a brief written agreement that defines the broad parameters of the mentoring relationship (including time commitment, or termination of the agreement by either party).

  • Pairs that establish clear objectives and meet regularly (at least once a month) are most successful.

  • Clear objectives, such as writing a grant proposal, lend to the relationship's success in that the mentee can solicit advice and the mentor can offer support.

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