Ways to Be a Mentee

A men­tor can be an in­valu­able re­source in your ca­reer. Fol­low th­ese rules to make sure you make the most of your re­la­tion­ship.

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should I do’ about a sit­u­a­tion, ask what she would have done,” says Nina Ries, prin­ci­pal of Ries Law Group, Cal­i­for­nia. That way, she’s shar­ing her ex­pe­ri­ences, rather than feel­ing the pres­sure to make your de­ci­sion for you. She’ll also re­spect that you’re sim­ply look­ing for in­sight to help you make an in­formed de­ci­sion.

Keep Her In The Loop

Did she help you nav­i­gate a tricky work sit­u­a­tion? Send her an e-mail, and let her know how it turned out. And if you opted not to take her ad­vice? “Tell her that even though you de­cided to do X, talk­ing about Y was il­lu­mi­nat­ing,” sug­gests Jenni Luke, CEO of US-based Step Up Women’s Net­work. You’ll avoid hurt­ing her feel­ings, and she’ll get to know your de­ci­sion-mak­ing process bet­ter.

Push

Your men­tor might in­tro­duce you to peo­ple who could lead to a full-time po­si­tion some­where, but don’t ex­pect her to. And def­i­nitely never straight up ask her to hire you. Her role is to guide you and of­fer ad­vice, not to find you a job. “Your men­tor isn’t your per­sonal head­hunter,” says Ries. “You don’t want her to feel like she was be­ing used for her con­nec­tions rather than for her knowl­edge.” Don’t worry; if she hears of a po­si­tion you’d be a good fit for, she’ll let you know.

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