A good mentor can change your career for the better. They’ll share their knowledge and expertise, open doors, guide your upskilling, offer career advice and help you get ahead professionally. Their advice is invaluable and is given voluntarily, without expecting anything in return. But despite this, it’s common for people to think that it’s the mentor who shoulders the responsibility of ensuring the relationship works.
In reality, a mentee has the more pivotal role to play. Why? Because they must make themselves ‘mentorable’. In other words, they must be willing to be open, honest, considerate and accepting, while taking ownership for arranging meetings, preparing appropriately and acting on advice.
Yet according to a recent survey of ours, only 35% of the more than 1,200 people we spoke to were confident that they know what’s expected of them when being mentored.
Considering all that they’ll gain from a successful mentorship, a mentee really does have a greater obligation than the mentor to make the relationship work.
So, how can you be an effective mentee? Here’s our advice:
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