Maintain Your Mentoring Relationship
Securing the right mentor is a major hurdle, but maintaining the relationship can be just as challenging. To keep the mentoring relationship going, try these three things:
Provide structure. Set up regular meetings with agendas so your conversations don’t degenerate into aimless chitchat. Make sure each meeting moves you toward your goals.
Expect rigor. If your mentor doesn’t provide regular assignments, ask for them, and work them into your agendas.
Know when to move on. Once you’ve achieved your goals, move on before the law of diminishing returns kicks in. But stay in touch. Your mentor may become a sponsor who advocates for you even once your formal relationship ends.