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.