- The time commitment for mentoring varies and should be established and agreed-upon by you and your mentee.
- Mentees may be audiology students or practicing audiologists.
- Be sure that you establish channels and protocols to contact each other (via email, telephone, etc.).
- Introduce yourself by phone, or by a brief email when you receive your mentee assignment.
- Arrange a convenient time to speak.
- Suggest and solicit potential topics.
- Agree on boundaries (practical and ethical) and confidentiality.
- Exchange curricula vitae (CV) or resumes prior to the first meeting so you already know pertinent professional information.
- Set aside about an hour for the first meeting with your mentee. Use this hour to learn about other aspects of your mentee’s life. Share core values, interests or hobbies.
- Discuss your expectations and your needs with your mentee and discuss their needs and expectations.
- Devise a meeting schedule and plan to meet at least monthly with your mentee. Work with your mentee on short- and long-term goals for the relationship.
- For each meeting:
- Be an active listener
- Review the notes and action items from the last meeting.
- Discuss any successes or challenges that the mentee has experienced since the last meeting.
- When possible, share personal experiences or challenges as they relate to the mentee’s experiences.
- Continue to review the goals as established in the beginning of the relationship.
- Briefly summarize the meeting and discuss action items for the next meeting.
- The relationship facilitated by ADA will include a no-fault termination, meaning either party can terminate the mentoring arrangement at any time with no hard feelings and no consequences.