Ask the Mentor: the 3 mentor questions answered by Dr. Jill Posner, Sr. Research & Evaluation Advisor, AIDSTAR-One (see www.SueMentors.blogspot.com)
Ask the Mentor: Dr. Jill Posner, Senior Research & Evaluation Advisor, AIDSTAR-One
Jill's whole professional life has included a focus on mentoring - students, new graduates, and junior colleagues. Here's her responses to the Mentor Questions I posed:
What are mentees looking for?
Guidance that is scaffolded--(ask for the mentee's input; review; suggest)
What 1 piece of advice do you give every mentee you work with?
Please ask me when you don't understand why we are doing something and don't be afraid to tell me what you think if you disagree. I may not take your suggestion, but I will take it seriously and I usually am open to other ways of doing things. Learning is a two-way street when there is mutual respect.
Why are you interested in mentoring?
It is a way of making sure that years of experience and learning gets passed on efficiently and it is important for good relations in the workplace if both people are invested.