The tips below come from research on mentoring relationships and how best to make theses relationships successful. As a protégé, you are in control of the relationship.
- Set goals for the mentoring relationship
- Be committed to the relationship and persistent
- Identify people who can provide what you need
– Poteat, L.F., Shockley, K.M., & Allen, T.D. (2009). Mentor-protégé commitment fit and relationship satisfaction in academic mentoring. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 74, 332-337.
– Blake-Beard, S., Bayne, M.L., Crosby, F.J., & Muller, C.B. (2011). Matching by race and gender in mentoring relationships: Keeping our eyes on the prize. Journal of Social Issues, 67, 3, 622-643.
- Initiate new mentoring relationships
- Select someone you see as role model
- Select someone with similar values and goals
- Build trust with the new mentor
- Think about what you can do for your mentor
– Sands, R.G., Parson, L.A. & Duane, J. (1991). Faculty mentoring faculty in a public university. The Journal of Higher Education, 61, 2 (Mar. – Apr., 1991), pp. 174-193.