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Mentee Qualities, Roles, Responsibilities

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Desirable Qualities in a Mentee:

  • Displays enthusiasm and drive for both professional and personal self-development 
  • Initiative to create and cultivate the mentoring relationship by devoting time and effort
  • Preparedness to seek guidance and ability to communicate effectively and courteously
  • Maintaining a positive attitude and a sense of duty to contribute to the relationship 
  • Willingness to accept, consider and objectively reflect on constructive feedback 
  • Trustworthy, respectful, understanding and patient, without exception

Core Role of a Mentee:

  • Take the main responsibility for initiating contact and your self-development pathway 
  • Identify areas of potential collaboration for most effective engagement with a mentor
  • Pursue all mentoring objectives and collaborative works diligently and conscientiously
  • Prepare carefully for meetings and be sensitive to the demands placed on the mentor  
  • Actively listen and participate in meetings and respond promptly to email interactions   
  • Remember to contribute to the relationship as two-way exchanges yield best results 

Primary Responsibilities of a Mentee:

  • Seek approval and support from your supervisor to enter into a mentoring relationship
  • Do not impose personal issues on the mentor
  • Interact regularly with the mentor and provide adequate notice of changes in meeting times
  • Take an active role in reviewing your progress and that of the mentoring relationship
  • Conclude the relationship respectfully when it ceases to be useful
  • Provide the AESS Mentoring Coordinator with any feedback on the program

Expected Benefits to a Mentee:

•    Guidance in setting and achieving goals for personal growth and self-development 
•    Expanded vision with greater knowledge and skills to assist in career advancement
•    Extended support systems and networking opportunities in the professional sphere
•    Increased confidence and self-esteem 
•    Improved option appraisal and decision-making through interactive consultation 
•    Increased ability to seek and make best use of constructive feedback

Field of Interest

“The field of interest shall be the organization, systems engineering, design, development, integration, and operation of complex systems for space, air, ocean, or ground environments. These systems include but are not limited to navigation, avionics, mobile electric power and electronics, radar, sonar, telemetry, military, law-enforcement, automatic test, simulators, and command and control."


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