How to Be an Effective Protégé

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.