Getting started

Given that the primary purpose for entering into a mentoring relationship is to help you develop personally and professionally, before you approach a potential mentor you need to determine what your goals are. In other words, figure out what you hope to get from being mentored. Keep in mind that the more specific you are, the easier it will be for a mentor to help you.

Small group of business people going over documentThe type of help and support you are looking for from a mentor varies from mentee to mentee. Here are some topics that you might consider:

• Career advice;
• Help setting career goals and strategies for achieving them;
• Help with networking;
• Help expanding your network;
• Help raising your profile;
• Insights into a particular area or specialty within the industry;
• Perspectives on ways of achieving a work-home balance; and
• Improvement of particular skills, such as communication skills, management skills, or time management skills.

It’s also important that you be honest with yourself about whether you’re willing to invest time and energy in a mentoring relationship and whether you are truly open to being mentored.

Need help setting goals? We have more information about goal setting.

Discover where your career can take you

Looking for help on your career development?

You can map your path here

Are you hoping a mentoring relationship can help you find a path to take you where you want to go? You and your mentor may find the resources at 'mycareer' to be helpful to your discussions and goal setting. The mycareer website provides career maps, education pathways, career exploration tips and assessment tools to help you map where you are, discover where you can take your career and plan for what you want.