Success Toolkit

How to be a GREAT Mentor:

How to be a GREAT Mentee:
  • Respond to Mentees' requests as soon as possible (within a week).
  • Limit yourself to no more than two Mentees at a time.
  • Encourage your Mentee(s) to develop specific, achievable goals, and establish one for yourself as well.
  • Commit to communicating with your Mentee weekly throughout the relationship.
  • Give honest, objective, and constructive feedback.
  • Allow up to a week for Mentors to respond to your request.
  • Participate in only one mentor relationship at a time.
  • Have a clear goal in mind - what do you hope to achieve with mentorship?
  • Be open to constructive feedback.
  • Be proactive and prepared for meetings with your Mentor.
  • Respect your Mentor's time and professional obligations.


How to set GOALS for your mentoring relationship:

Download the Mentor Match Goal Tracker and save it somewhere convenient so you can easily (and frequently) access it.

  1. Ask yourself a few questions.
    • What are my current strengths and weaknesses?
    • How much time and effort am I able to dedicate to this mentorship?
    • Mentee: What am I hoping a Mentor might be able to help me achieve?
    • Mentor: What effect might mentoring have on me professionally and personally?
  2. Create a draft Goal Statement, and discuss together.
    • Is this a SMART goal (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound)?
    • What obstacles exist to achieving this goal?
    • Mentee: Are you in a position to begin working towards this goal at this time?
    • Mentor: Do you possess the knowledge/experience to mentor your Mentee towards this goal?
  3. Finalize your Goal Statement, save it to your Goal Tracker.
    • Refer back to your Goal Tracker often.
    • Focus and re-focus your mentorship on your goals continuously.
  4. Document and CELEBRATE your successes!

Conversation starters for your first call:

  • What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
  • How would you define success?
  • What was the last project you worked on?
  • What inspired you to pursue this line of work?
  • How would you like your situation to be different 10 years from now?
  • What is your greatest, ultimate goal professionally?
  • What is the most exciting project you have ever worked on?
  • How would you describe your professional journey (so far)?

Concluding the mentoring relationship:

  • Document what you have achieved through this mentorship.
  • A mentoring relationship should have an official beginning and end, but we do encourage you to keep in touch. Stay in contact with your Mentor/Mentee through AIAA Engage, or professional networking sites like LinkedIn. 
  • Mentor: provide feedback to your Mentee regarding their progress throughout the mentorship. Let them know what you hope to see them accomplish in the future.
  • Mentee: THANK your Mentor! Offer feedback regarding the mentorship process. Let them know what you hope to pursue next.

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