The mentoring relationship
Mentoring is a unique opportunity that allows you to receive advice and guidance from a professional in the area you are interested in. We have a range of mentors, most of whom are Birmingham graduates, who have all volunteered their time to offer their expertise and help you succeed beyond graduation.
In order for the experience to be successful it is about taking the time to build that rapport with a mentor and making the effort to show your commitment to the scheme.
Below are some of the characteristics and behaviours that contribute to bringing a more successful mentoring experience for all.
Being a mentee
To make the most of the opportunity and to build an effective mentoring relationships, it's important to consider above and the following:
- Be proactive - it will be the mentee's responsibility to arrange meetings, understand what they hope to achieve and keeping their mentor informed about how the mentoring relationship is progressing.
- Time management - communication is key so keeping on top of your emails and attending meetings on time will help to let the relationship flow. But if you are trying to work on this, let your mentor know this as early on as possible.
Being a mentor
It is useful to understand the mentor's perspective as it is a two way process and relationship. Your mentor wants to also gain something too.
Below are some attributes your mentor will be aiming for:
- Being supportive - they are there to offer insight into their career but you will need to determine how often the meetings are and what are the preferred communication methods.
- Sharing knowledge - your mentor will be willing to share their knowledge but please remember mentors may not have all the answers. It's crucial to be prepared for all interactions, as mentors will have a lot to share but it is up to you to ask effective questions to gain these answers.
A successful mentoring relationship
To develop a successful mentoring partnership, the relationship needs key attributes from both the mentor and mentee:
- Trust and respect
- Ongoing and effective communication
A successful mentoring relationship is a process of two-way learning that is ‘student-centred’ and steered by the mentee.