What defines a Mentee?
A Mentee is an alumna who wishes to establish a genuine professional development connection with another alumna. A Mentee actively engages in the mentoring relationship, asking questions and working to achieve goals set with her Mentor. A mentee is also ready to launch her professional aspirations to the next level with the guidance of a Mentor.
A Mentee is:
Active: Shares professional aspirations and challenging endeavors, seeking counsel and support from her Mentor. Works to achieve set goals, actively following up on her Mentor’s advice and guidance on professional matters.
Communicative: Communicates clearly and as often as established with her Mentor. Does not hesitate to ask questions, listening and responding to her Mentor’s questions and shared professional experiences.
Open-Minded: Positively embraces her mentoring relationship, understanding each experience offers unique value.
Examples of Mentees:
- Young alumnae (alumnae who graduated no more than 10 years ago, includes non-traditional graduates)
- Alumnae applying to graduate school or searching for jobs
- Mid-career alumnae
- New-to-management alumnae
- Alumnae entering executive leadership
- Alumnae re-entering the workforce
- Alumnae who wish to make a career change
- Alumnae seeking entrepreneurial pursuit
- Alumnae approaching retirement
What to Expect:
A Mentee should expect to build a meaningful relationship with her Mentor. We encourage Mentors and Mentees, at the outset of their relationship, to agree upon goals the Mentee wishes to achieve and to decide how often they will communicate with one another. Douglass Alumnae Mentoring may host workshops throughout the year, and provides newsletters, conference calls and social media groups as a means for connecting with other alumnae participants. We encourage all Mentors and Mentees to attend AADC signature events, including Regional Connection Group and Affinity Network events, and to connect with each other virtually or in person as often as mutually agreed upon.
Tips for making the most out of your mentoring experience:
- Be honest and straightforward with your mentor. She cannot help you if you do not communicate honestly and
share your true aspirations and challenges you wish to overcome.
- Remember, you own your development, your mentor doesn’t. Which is why it is up to you to provide
specific context as you and your mentor prepare your goals. It is also the reason why you are responsible
for keeping your relationship focused and moving forward.
- Be an active listener. Actively communicate with your mentor. If you have questions, ask.
- Ask for feedback early on in your relationship, and throughout your relationship, to better establish a
learning connection with your mentor.
What to look for in a mentor:
Take time to seriously consider the benefit and role of a Mentor for your current professional circumstances and future aspirations. You may meet with your Mentor in person or via video conferencing, phone calls, and email.