Decide how long formal mentoring will last. In an educational environment, mentors often follow a semester or cycle of an academic year. The mentee and mentor will work together on the final version of the agreement. Based on the essential elements of a mentoring agreement, mentees should keep the following questions in mind when negotiating the final agreement. This agreement defines the expectations and objectives as well as the specificities of the relationship. See our sample mentoring contract (PDF). The agreement should include contact information (including preferred methods and times), establish a meeting schedule, iterate the goals and objectives of both parties, set dates for monitoring progress and a completion date. Once this is negotiated and completed, you are ready to start your mentoring partnership. During the introductory phase of the mentoring relationship, an important outcome is understanding each other`s expectations and goals. An agreement developed jointly by the mentor and mentee ensures that both parties understand the parameters and expectations of the relationship, properly take responsibility for the mentoring process, and hold both partners accountable to each other. Discuss the main goals of mentoring that have been discussed, as well as the desired outcomes, and agree on how you know when those outcomes have been achieved. By asking these questions about the mentoring agreement and using the agreement as the basis of your mentoring relationship, you can better address all the elements of the relationship that may arise during the relationship, such as misunderstandings, personality conflicts, and unmet expectations. In addition, the mentoring agreement helps you focus your energy and time in a way that takes into account the main purpose of your relationship.
The biggest challenge for your partnership is the time required. Keep in mind that this agreement is in addition to the professional and personal schedule and that the mentoring partnership requires time, energy and work to ensure success. To balance these aspects, close agreement and structured meetings can minimize wasted time and energy. By joining the partnership, you have already guaranteed your commitment, so you simply need tools to track it. Based on the essential elements of the mentoring agreement, mentors should consider asking the following questions to the mentee`s proposed agreement. AAMC Compact between biomedicine graduate students and their research advisors Determine how often you and your mentee will meet. Depending on the mentoring goals, you can meet as often as once a week, but no less than once a month. Learn more about the Graduate College Mentor Network and the phases of mentoring: graduate.asu.edu/mentoring While mentoring relationships can be formal or informal and likely evolve over time, a practical and thoughtful mentoring agreement can help the mentor and mentee discuss the important elements of their relationship and create a more mutually beneficial mentoring experience.
AAMC Compact between postdoctoral fellows and their mentors AAMC Compact between general practitioners and their teachers The mentor and mentee may agree to participate in complementary programs (workshops, seminars, social events) aimed at mentoring objectives. Laura Francis is the Director of Knowledge at MentorcliQ. As a proud mother of a disabled child, she enjoys writing about the connections she sees in her private and professional life. Their articles can be found in the MentorcliQ blog, training journal and Chief Learning Officer magazine, as well as on ATD, Training Industry and other learning and development websites. Boston Children`s Hospital Office of Faculty Development (OFD) Mentoring Checklists In coordination with faculty mentoring program participants, Brigham and Women`s Hospital has created a model of mentoring agreements. The form has fields to fill in and is designed to be customized to your specific needs. These preparations can help minimize potential frustration. So how can we deal with the other big challenge of maintaining that momentum and keeping the precious time? At the second official meeting, development goals are set.
All subsequent meetings are subject to an established productive satisfaction criterion, including the review of development objectives and the conduct of progress monitors. This aspect is the long-term substance of the mentoring process. Agree on a type of Annual General Meeting (in person, by telephone) and the duration of the meeting. For face-to-face sessions, 60-minute sessions are recommended first. Shorter sessions may prevent appropriate discussion on topics. Consider general expectations and other best practices, including privacy, limits, and privacy settings (i.e., limits for text messages or phone calls after a reasonable hour, etc.), meeting locations (e.g., on.B, off campus, in public places, etc.) and behavioural expectations. Read the following articles to learn more about the benefits of mentoring for mentees and mentors. Mentoring is a relationship that involves formal or informal processes in which a mentor intentionally provides advice, motivation, and encouragement. Mentors also share their knowledge, experience and perspectives to enable the mentee to promote specific goals that will improve their life and career.
Mentoring allows the mentor and mentee to create networks of resources, develop best practices, and maintain connections for lifelong learning. .