Deadline: October 31, 2018
About LINKS mentorship
LINKS mentorship program is open to female undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Mentoring is an intentional relationship designed to foster your growth and development. LINKS partners women undergraduate students from different backgrounds with women and men of the MBA program. The goal of the mentorship program is to support you in developing the necessary skills that will allow you to successfully transition to your professional life, creating relationships that will last throughout the mentors’ and mentees’ careers.
The Rotman School of Management has a diverse student body with ~40% women in the full time MBA program. The mentors in the LINKS mentorship program can provide advice and guidance as they can speak to their varied professional and personal experiences.
Key to Successful Mentor Relationships
Successful mentoring is based on a reciprocal and comfortable relationship between you and your mentor. Both of you must work together to make the relationship successful.
Here are a couple of best practices to keep in mind as you begin your mentoring relationship:
- Ask Good Questions: Ask questions about experiences, beliefs and opinions. The answers to these questions will help build your relationship and is valuable information that you can’t get by Googling. Take advantage of the opportunity you have to learn from another person’s experiences.
- Work at engaging in a long term professional relationship: Relationships take time and effort to succeed. If you don’t feel the relationship is working, identify why you think this is, say so in a considerate manner and talk about ways to move forward. Remember your mentor is not your therapist, your partner, your best friend and the purpose of the relationship is not to help you find a new job. A mentor is a trusted professional advisor; maintain the highest level of integrity and confidentiality.
- Take Charge of Your Own Professional Development: The responsibility of sustaining a mentoring relationship is that of the mentee. Have a clear goal for the relationship and a general direction of how a mentor can help you. If you don’t know what you want out of working with a mentor, you are likely to be disappointed.
- Be Flexible: Know what you think and where you are going but keep an open mind. Come into the relationship with an agenda but be okay not covering your agenda and see where it leads you. The benefits of a mentoring relationship are just as much in the process as the product.
- Give back to your mentor: Mentorship should be a mutually beneficial relationship. Make sure your mentor is getting what he/she wants from the relationship as well. Make sure you are sharing your progress, your “ahas” and challenges.