KNOW THE DIF­FER­ENCE BE­TWEEN BE­ING A MAN­AGER AND A MEN­TOR.

Finweek English Edition - - MANAGEMENT -

Do you have time to ac­tively man­age your in­tern, or are you bet­ter suited as a men­tor? As a man­ager, you need to com­mit to a sig­nif­i­cant up­front in­vest­ment at the start of the sum­mer – show­ing your in­tern the ropes, mak­ing in­tro­duc­tions, find­ing a place for him or her to sit and work, go­ing for lunch on the first day – as well as pro­vid­ing feed­back through­out the sum­mer. Add to that a weekly one-onone meet­ing, and sud­denly man­ag­ing an in­tern can turn from an ex­cit­ing prospect to a daunt­ing propo­si­tion.

Be hon­est with your­self: If you don’t have the mo­ti­va­tion, the ca­pac­ity or the skill set to man­age your in­tern, then you’ve got to find some­one else to do it in your stead. Look for a ris­ing star in your or­gan­i­sa­tion who is ex­cited about man­ag­ing some­one ju­nior. This can be a great op­por­tu­nity to give that em­ployee a first taste of the highs and lows of man­ag­ing oth­ers. And com­mit to serv­ing as a men-

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