Finding a mentor can be a great way to develop professionally and personally. Before the session, it is important to provide your mentor with your resume and a few paragraphs about your work and personal history. Ask for their contact information and make sure to give them an idea of what you would like to focus on. It is also beneficial to set expectations for the relationship and come prepared with a few questions.
During the session, focus on topics related to professional development and highlight areas that you would like to develop. Have an agenda that outlines challenges since the last meeting and allows the mentor to prepare with ideas. After the meeting, track progress by focusing on tangible actions that can be taken to achieve milestones. Make sure to show your mentor that you are willing to put in the time, energy, and effort to make the most of their advice (and time).
With these 5 tips, you can approach your first mentoring session with confidence and turn it into a success.