How can mentoring help?
Mentors usually have the personal, professional, and/or career experience to be seen as credible to those whom they mentor. Have you ever tried to deal with a difficult situation and wish that you had someone that you could talk to about it? Were you ever at a professional crossroads in your career and not sure how to approach it or which decision to make? Mentors have ‘been there and done that’ before…or know someone who has. If you are unsure of how to:
- read your Master Brief Sheet or Officer Military Personnel File
- interpret your current value to the service
- curious to how certain situations are perceived by those senior to you or the organization
- interested in pursuing a special or unique career option or program
- unaware or uncertain about the career map for your professional field
- could just use some advice from a credible source
- then mentoring will be helpful to you.
What are the obligations of a mentor?
Mentorship is formed by a Mentor-Protégé relationship that is as formal and frequent as decided upon by the pair; however, what is consistent is that mentoring is the relationship that includes reviewing “checkpoints” along an individual’s journey. Mentors should be accessible to their Protégés; they should contact and follow up with them on a reasonable basis. Protégés should be teachable and accepting of candid feedback.