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Am I Ready for a Mentor in the NPS?

Adapted from Brainard, Harkus & George (1998)

Updated For Supervisors , Service Wide Skills

Overview

Use this worksheet to identify what you expect to gain from your mentoring relationships. By clarifying your own expectations, you will be able to communicate them more effectively to your mentors. Add items you deem important.

This worksheet is made available courtesy of the IR2 Future Leaders Program.

Mentee Prep Checklist: Am I ready for an NPS Mentor?

The reasons I want a mentor are to:
___ Receive encouragement and support
___ Increase my confidence when dealing with professionals
___ Challenge myself to achieve new goals and explore alternatives
___ Gain a realistic perspective of the workplace
___ Get advice on how to balance work and other responsibilities, and set priorities
___ Gain knowledge of “dos and don’ts”
___ Receive institutional insight and knowledge
___ Learn how to operate in a network of talented peers
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

I hope my mentor and I will:
___ Tour my mentor’s workplace/explore various teaching or work sites
___ Go to formal mentoring events together
___ Meet over coffee, lunch, or dinner
___ Go to educational events such as lectures, conferences, talks, or other university events
together
___ Go to local, regional, and national professional meetings together
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

I hope my mentor and I will discuss:
___ Developmental opportunities that will benefit my career (both inside and outside of the agency)
___ Career options and job preparation
___ The realities of the workplace
___ My mentor’s work
___ Technical and related field issues
___ How to network
___ Academic opportunities that will benefit my career
___ How to manage work and family life
___ Personal dreams and life circumstances
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

The things I feel are off limits in my mentoring relationship include:
___ Disclosing our conversations to others
___ Meeting in non-public places
___ Sharing intimate aspects of our lives
___ Meeting behind closed doors
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

I hope my mentor will help me with professional and personal development by:
___ Opening doors for me to job possibilities
___ Building on my areas of strength
___ Introducing me to people who might be interested in hiring me
___ Identify and improve work practices
___ Helping me practice for job interviews
___ Suggesting potential work contacts and developmental opportunities for me to pursue on
my own
___ Critiquing my resume or curriculum vitae
___ Other _________________________________________________

Entering into a mentoring relationship, the thing that concerns me most is:
___ Receiving feedback and advice
___ Not finding a good match
___ Not having the commitment or time allowed to fully engage with a mentor
___ Having confidences breached
___ Not having full control over the situation, being vulnerable
___ Lack of motivation or access to professional development opportunities
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

My personal measure of success is:
___ Better professional relationships
___ Improved job skills
___ Job promotion
___ Job to better suit me
___ Improved work performance
___ Gained confidence in abilities
___ Other _______________________________________________________________

Goal for relationship with mentor:
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The amount of time I can spend with my mentor is likely to be, on average:

1    2   3   4   5   hours each week/ every other week/ per month (circle one)

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